BURY has succeeded in its bid for levelling up funds, with £40m secured for the redevelopment of Bury Market and the creation of Radcliffe Civic Hub.

The announcement was made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the House of Commons today.

The funding for Bury is one of more than 100 projects backed across the UK.

Mr Sunak said: "Employment is up, investment is growing, public services are improving, the public finances are stabilising, and wages are rising.

“Today’s Budget delivers a stronger economy for the British people: stronger growth, with the UK recovering faster than our major competitors.

“Stronger public finances, with our debt under control. Stronger employment, with fewer people out of work and more people in work. Growth up, jobs up, and debt down: Let there be no doubt – our plan is working.”

A bid for a new flexi-hall and public spaces for Bury Market will receive £20m. And the investment in Radcliffe, another £20m, will see the creation of a new civic centre, leisure facilities including a swimming pool and space for home workers and start-up businesses in the town centre.

Bury South MP Christian Wakeford said: "Since before I was elected, I promised to fight to ensure that Radcliffe would no longer be the forgotten town in the borough and that it would get the investment it deserves to regenerate the tired town centre.

"So, I am pleased that along with the new high school, Radcliffe is finally getting the attention that it deserves."

He added: "I know residents have waited a long time to see Radcliffe regenerated so I am so pleased to be delivering on the government’s promise to level-up, reinvigorating the town to make it fit for the 21st century and give local residents a town centre to be proud of."

A series of investments will be made in 12 projects across the North and Midlands, which also includes an additional £560million for youth services and £200million for football pitches.

Bury North MP James Daly said: "This is a huge step forward for the regeneration of our town centre.

"This government is providing the money that we need to change Bury for the better and make our world-famous market even more of a key cultural and economic part of our town”

"Since being elected I have been lobbying the government to ensure that Bury gets the investment we deserve, and it is excellent to see that this transformational investment is becoming a reality.”

Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, Bury Council leader, said: “This is tremendous news for everyone in Radcliffe. We were up against tough competition to win this money, and it is a complete vindication of our belief and our vision for the future of the town.

“We now have a unique opportunity to bring about real transformation and create a new Radcliffe where everyone wants to live, work, study and play.”

This comes alongside funding of £1.07bn to improve transport in Greater Manchester, which could see the Metrolink extended to Bolton and a new interchange for Bury, was handed out.