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A failed bid for government funding has delayed plans to upgrade an accident blackspot in Falkirk district. The UK Levelling Up fund cash would have been used to create an all-ways slip road on Junction 3 of the M9 and improve road alignment at Champany, close to Blackness, which has seen several serious accidents over the years.A joint bid to the UK Government fund was made by West Lothian and Falkirk Councils, for the Linlithgow and East Falkirk parliamentary constituency which spans both areas.

But both councils were left disappointed with the announcement that the bid had failed.A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said: “It was disappointing that the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) bid was not successful but the council remains committed to the Champany Junction improvements.

As stated in the report to council in September 2022, officers will now come back to council with a proposal of how to fund the works at the Champany junction as part of future capital investment.” Read more: Free school transport for Falkirk pupils could be halved in a bid to save moneyBut local councillors are concerned at the delay there has already been to work on the notorious accident blackspot.

In March 2022, Falkirk Council promised funding from its capital budget to upgrade two junctions on the A904 at Champany, the B903 to Blackness and the A803 to Linlithgow.Both junctions have poor visibility and relatively high traffic speeds, which have led to some very serious accidents over the years.

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