Melton has great transport links that allow fast road and rail travel to major cities including Leicester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Peterborough and London. Bus services through the Borough connect various villages to larger servicing settlements.
North & East Melton Mowbray Distributor Road
The Melton Mowbray Distributor Road (MMDR) scheme, part funded through the Department for Transport (Local Large Majors Fund), is a major highway scheme located to the north and east of Melton Mowbray comprising a new single carriageway road. It extends from the A606 Nottingham Road to the A606 Burton Road, crossing Scalford Road, Melton Spinney Road, the A607 Thorpe Road and the B676 Saxby Road.
The £50 million scheme aims to:
- Improve access to potential housing and employment real estate both north and south of the town
- Relieve traffic congestion within Melton Mowbray town
- Improve access to Melton town centre
- Reduce the number of HGV’s travelling through Melton town centre.
A key economic benefit is to connect around 5,000 homes and at least 31 hectares of employment space, equating to an estimated 22% growth for the local economy and delivering an additional £102 million on Gross Value Added (GVA) per annum. Wider scheme benefits include improving air quality, improving safety and providing a better town centre environment. Construction is due to commence in early 2022. (Map to be provided in due course).
Melton is just 15 miles from Nottingham City Airport and under 30 miles from East Midlands Airport, representing a 40-minute drive. Birmingham International Airport is approximately 54 miles distant, accessible via fast major roads.
The digital revolution matters to Melton because digital change creates tangible opportunities for innovation and growth. In addition, effective digital connection and adoption relieves the uncertainty for all and the potential alienation of those left behind. The Council’s vision is to support the infrastructure required of a digital Borough and to empower people and organisations to be digitally confident. The objective is for everyone, including the Council, to capitalise on the digital age. By bringing new technology into the heart of how we do things, we will ensure that more people get the service they need in a way that’s responsive, intuitive and convenient.
Superfast Leicestershire is a multi-million-pound project led by the County Council, in partnership with British Telecommunications (BT), the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and district councils. The aim of the project is to bring superfast broadband access to areas not served by commercial operators.
Phase 1 delivery ran from April 2014 to March 2016. Phase 2 delivery ran from April 2016 to September 2019. At the completion of Phase 2 of the programme, more than 72,000 properties had gained access to superfast broadband. That total includes approximately 11,000 businesses. This was achieved through public sector investment of £18 million between 2014 and 2019, augmented by a capital contribution of £8.5 million by British Telecommunications. As a direct result of the project, Superfast Broadband access across Leicestershire has increased from 81% to 96%, which is above the national average.
Superfast Coverage in Melton
Providers such as BT, Virgin Media and Warwicknet have been rolling out superfast broadband where commercially viable. That footprint across Leicestershire reaches approximately 81% of all premises.
By the end of March 2016, the Superfast Leicestershire project had increased coverage across Leicestershire to 92%. The Phase 2 delivery pushed this to 96% with a further increase through the new Phase 2 extension project targeting 97% of premises.
Significant infrastructure build has already taken place in Melton. The main elements of the network build include:
- Fibre enabling and building capacity within (Head End) telephone exchanges.
- Deploying miles of new fibre optic cabling.
- Installation of roadside fibre broadband cabinets in areas being upgraded to Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) solutions.
- Rearranging the existing copper and fibre networks where required.
- Installation of Passive Optical Network (PON) points for areas being upgraded to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology.
- Connecting power supplies to each new structure.
Vital Education collaboration
Melton is close to all three of Leicestershire’s top Universities, each highly regarded in the world rankings. All offer exceptional facilities to collaborate with and support businesses, including innovation centres, incubation space and Research & Development resources.
University of Leicester
De Montfort University
Our Universities have the skills, passion, facilities and capacity to work with businesses of all sizes operating in any market sector.