Budget: Northern Powerhouse project start dates

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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The Government has committed to a series of start dates for key projects needed to build the Northern Powerhouse.

Alongside the Budget, the government has also agreed a joint statement of intent with the largest cities in the North to drive forward the region.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “I said we would build the Northern Powerhouse, We’ve put in place the mayors. We’re building the roads. We’re laying the track. We’re making the Northern Powerhouse a reality and rebalancing our country.”

Among the Budget announcements the Highways Agency is getting extra cash to accelerate by two years the upgrade of the M62 to a four-lane smart motorway between junction 10-12 Warrington to Eccles, and to accelerate work on junction 20-25 Rochdale to Brighouse.

It will also speed-up the development of other critical road projects in the North, including Lofthouse and Simister Island junctions, and begin upgrades to the M56 at junctions 6-8 south of Manchester in this Parliament.

Northern Powerhouse

Project start timeline

2015-16 Key Project Starts:

• £220m upgrade to M6 J16-19 between Crewe and Knutsford

• Construction of the £230m A6 to Manchester Airport relief road

• Phase one of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme Key Project

2016-17 Key Project Starts:

• Construction of £200m New Polar Research Vessel, Birkenhead

• New rail franchises for TransPennine Express and Northern start 1 April 2016

• £100m improvement to A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction in Newcastle

• £75m development of improvements to M60, Northern TransPennine links (A66 and A69) and TransPennine tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield Key Project

2017-18 Key Project Starts:

• ESIOS – Energy Subsurface Test Centre, Chester • National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation, Newcastle

• Smart Motorway on the M62 J10-12 (Manchester – Warrington)

• £13m Hull UK City of Culture

2018-19 Key Project Starts:

• Ouse and Foss flood defence schemes in York, and phase two of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme

• Publish 2nd Roads Investment Strategy (2020-25), which could include TransPennine tunnel and upgrades to northern TransPennine roads and M60

• Comprehensive upgrades to the TransPennine rail route, paving the way for High Speed 3 Key Project

2019-20 Key Project Starts:

• Upgrades to the A5036 Princess Way and M56 J6-8 Smart Motorway (Manchester Airport – A556)

• Smart Motorway on the M62 J20-25 (Leeds – Manchester)

• Upgrades to the A1 north of Ellingham • M62/M606 Chain Bar in Bradford Key Project

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