Construction timetable confirmed for £1.4bn roads

Grant Prior 13 years ago
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The Highways Agency has published a construction timetable for the 14 major road schemes worth £1.4bn due to start on site by 2015.

Work will start on improvements to the M62 in West Yorkshire, the M4/M5 around Bristol and on the A23 in West Sussex in the next 12 months.

A further three schemes – on the M1 near Sheffield, M6 around Birmingham and A11 in Norfolk – will start in the financial year 2012-2013.

Roads Minister Mike Penning said: “These schemes will deliver vital investment across the strategic road network, driving economic growth and boosting the UK economy.

“For every pound invested on these schemes on average we will get back £7 of benefits to the economy with some delivering even higher returns.”

The schemes will be built using the Agency’s target of reducing the cost of capital major projects by 20% against original estimates.

Planned starts to March 2015

Start work in 2011/2012:

  • A23 Handcross to Warninglid improvement scheme, West Sussex – between October 2011 and December 2011;
  • M62 J25 to J30 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, West Yorkshire – between October 2011 and December 2011
  • M4 J19 to J20 & M5 J15 to J17 Managed Motorways with hard shoulder running, Bristol – between January 2012 and March 2012.

Start work in 2012/2013:

  • A11 Fiveways to Thetford dualling scheme, Norfolk;
  • M6 J5 to J8 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Birmingham; and
  • M1 J32 to J35a Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, near Sheffield.

Start work in 2013/14 or 2014/15:

  • M25 J5 to J6/J7 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Kent to Surrey
  • M25 J23 to J27 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Hertfordshire to Essex;
  • M1 J28 to J31 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Derbyshire;
  • A556 Knutsford to Bowdon improvement scheme, south of Manchester;
  • M60 J8 to J12 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Manchester;
  • M60 J12 to J15 (Lane Gain) Managed Motorway, Manchester;
  • M62 J18 to J20 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Manchester; and
  • M1 J39 to J42 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running, Wakefield.

The agency will also spend £900m to complete construction on seven schemes:

  • A1 Dishforth to Leeming upgrade scheme in 2011/12, North Yorkshire;
  • M1 J19 Catthorpe Viaduct replacement scheme in 2011/12, near Rugby;
  • A3 Hindhead Tunnelling scheme 2011/12, Surrey;
  • M25 J16 to J23 widening scheme in 2012/13, Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire;
  • M25 J27 to J30 widening scheme in 2012/13, Essex;
  • M1 J10 to J13 Managed Motorway with hard shoulder running – 2012/13, Bedfordshire; and
  • A46 Newark to Widmerpool dualling scheme in 2012/13, near Nottingham.

The Agency will also be developing a further 18 schemes in preparation for future spending review periods.

A small number of schemes will also be identified that could be accelerated to start construction before 2015 if circumstances allow.

The schemes in with a chance of being brought forward are:

  • M1 Junction 19 Improvement
  • M25 Junction 30
  • M6 Junctions 10a – 13
  • A14 Kettering Bypass
  • A160/A180 Immingham
  • A19 Testos
  • A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction
  • A21 Tonbridge – Pembury
  • A27 Chichester Bypass
  • A38 Derby Junctions
  • A45/A46 Tollbar End
  • A453 Widening
  • A5-M1 Link Road
  • A63 Castle Street

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