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£11m investment for Bristol Enterprise Zone

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has unveiled a new £11 million investment to boost employment opportunities at Bristol's Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Thousands of jobs are to be created at the site over the coming years following government approval for the renovation of derelict land within the zone, including the delivery of a new 11,000-seat indoor arena at the heart of the scheme.

In addition, the new plans include improvements to transport links in the area, with a new access route to the zone being created, as well as the installation of a new three-lane bridge over the River Avon.

A total of £500,000 has been earmarked for structural improvements around the boundary of the site, covering approximately 3.4 hectares.

Chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Colin Skellett commented: "This essential investment in infrastructure is visible proof of the progress that we are making and it is a strong indication of government confidence in our ability to work together.

"It is an important landmark and signals the start of the next phase in the development of the Enterprise Zone, which will be central to our future economic success."

David Warburton, the HCA's head of area, added the investment is another clear sign the government is committed to supporting its partners in the delivery of new jobs in Bristol, as well as improving links between the Enterprise Zone and the rest of the local community.

The Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone is also benefiting from the construction of new transport links as part of plans recently approved by Leeds City Council. Muse Developments has been contracted to connect the site with the A63 East Leeds Link Road, building up to 200 metres of new roads over the coming months.

It forms part of essential developments at the site aimed at unlocking the future potential of the area for job creation and boosting economic growth. 

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