Contractors win all-clear for major projects

Aaron Morby 14 years ago

A dozen transport projects worth more than £1bn have escaped unscathed from the coalition Government’s review of projects passed by Labour in the run-up to the election.

Contractors Bam Nuttall, Birse and Hochtief have seen projects secured under Labour reprieved in the review.

New bus and metro schemes were the biggest winners alongside several bridge projects.

The main headline transport projects to secure funding include the major Tyne and Wear Metro upgrade, Manchester Metro extension and A13 Saddlers farm junction improvements.

Several big health projects got through on the building side, including the £450m PFI Royal Liverpool Hospital, the St Helier Hospital in Surrey, thought to be worth £220m, and the £80m redevelopment of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Middlesex.

The Blackpool Winter gardens refurbishment has also so far been approved by the new Government.

Re-confirmed transport schemes

  • Tyne and Wear Metro (£350m)
  • Leeds A65 Quality Bus Corridor (£235m)
  • Metrolink extension in Greater Manchester (£121m)
  • Luton-Dunstable Busway (£80m)
  • A130/A13 Sadlers Farm Junction, Essex (£64m)
  • Bidston Moss viaduct maintenance, Merseyside (£40m)
  • Tees Valley bus network improvements (£57m)
  • A41 Expressway, West Bromwich (£24m)
  • M1 J19 Catthorpe Viaduct Replacement (£19m)
  • Liverpool Edge Lane/Eastern Approaches (£19m)
  • Silver Jubilee Bridge maintenance in Halton (£18m)
  • Poole Bridge(£19m)

The news is a relief to several contractors on tenterhooks to see whether secured projects would be cut.

Bam Nuttall is undertaking the £90m main contract Luton-Dunstable guided busway and Birse Civil has been working on the A13 job as the ECI contractor for two years.

Birse is expected to start construction work this week.

Likewise Hochtief will breathe a sigh of relief over the Poole harbour bridge scheme that it secured earlier in the year.

A Department for Transport spokesman said that the department had not taken any decision on the future of projects not on the list.

“They will be considered as part of the ongoing spending review,” he said.

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