The Government’s Minister for Growth, Greg Clark MP was in Bedford on Friday with local MP, Richard Fuller, and Conservative mayoral candidate, Jas Parmar, to discuss Bedford’s economic future.
The Minister was in the region to officially sign the Local Growth Deal that gave Bedford the final piece of funding for the western bypass.
Mr Fuller and Mr Parmar took the Minister to the sites of some of the ambitious projects they have championed to drive Bedford and Kempston’s economic growth, including a new road bridge over the River Great Ouse at Batt’s Ford.
Mr Fuller said: “I have been delighted over recent months that the Government has committed funding to several vitally important infrastructure projects in and around Bedford, including the Bedford-Oxford railway, a flyover for the Black Cat junction of the A1 and the completion of the western bypass.”
“Having the Minister for Growth here in Bedford gave us a great opportunity to show him the plans we have for other projects that will bring about new jobs and economic prosperity for Bedford and Kempston.”
Mr Parmar added: “A new road bridge in Bedford has been talked about for decades and would make a real difference to traffic in Bedford. It was great to have the opportunity to tell the Minister more about the projects that matter to Bedford Borough.”