Full list of road and rail schemes set to start

Grant Prior 10 years ago

Chancellor George Osborne gave the immediate go-ahead to a raft of new road and rail schemes today during his Autumn statement announcement.

The priority projects were confirmed alongside the updated National Infrastructure Plan which contains more than 500 schemes planned for the next decade.

Osborne confirmed an extra £5bn of capital spending over the next three years to fund the priority projects.

Network Rail will also spend an extra £1bn guaranteed by the Government during the period.

The schemes given the green light are:

• taking forward immediate £20m investment on the A14 to reduce congestion and increase resilience including junction improvements;
• funding the £110m A14 Kettering bypass between Junctions 7 and 9;
• funding the £110m A45/46 Tollbar End improvement scheme;
• improving access to Manchester Airport by building a new £165m dual carriageway road linking the M56 at Manchester Airport to the A6 south of Stockport;
• investing £160m in A453 widening between Nottingham, the M1 and East Midlands airport;
• taking forward two new managed motorway schemes worth £270m on the M3 in Surrey and on the M6 along part of the route between Birmingham and Manchester;
• accelerating by £100m the current major projects planned on the M25 (Junctions 23-27) and the M1 (Junctions 39-42);
• investing £150m in major road improvements on the M1/M6 Junction 19; and
• providing additional funding of £220m for a Road Pinch Point Fund to ease local bottlenecks and improve safety and road layout.

Public transport
• support the £290m electrification of the Transpennine Express route from Manchester to Leeds and consider of further investment in the Northern Hub;
• support the £270m East-West rail project between Oxford and Bedford;
• support Network Rail to reduce disruption with an investment of £100m on the rail network;
• support Network Rail to improve the railway network including bringing forward bridge renewals, enhancing access to stations and improving resilience to winter weather worth £290m;
• provide extra £50m funding for local transport

The Government is also providing £170m in additional funding for local authority major transport projects and has confirmed cash for the following 20 individual projects:

North West
Crewe Green Link Southern Section – New link road to the east of Crewe opening up key development area and acting as bypass
Manchester Cross City Bus – Highway changes and bus enhancements to facilitate new cross Manchester city centre bus services
Rochdale Interchange – Replacement bus station for Rochdale adjacent to the existing one, allowing for the redevelopment of the town centre and complementing the arrival of Metrolink in 2014

East Midlands
A43 Corby Link Road – New dual carriageway link road to south east of Corby
Hucknall Town Centre Improvement Scheme – New inner relief road allowing pedestrianisation of High Street plus ‘bus only’ link and enhanced pedestrian and cycle facilities
London Road Bridge (Derby) – Replacement of the London Road rail bridge on this strategic corridor into Derby from the southeast

West Midlands
A45 Westbound Bridge (Solihull) – Replacement bridge over the West Coast Main Line close from Birmingham Airport on the A45 strategic corridor into Birmingham
Evesham Bridge Maintenance – Rebuilding of the main bridge into Evesham from the South

Yorkshire and the Humber
A164 Humber Bridge to Beverley – Capacity and safety improvements at four roundabouts on A164 & dualling of 1.4km section of A164
A18-A180 Link (North east Lincolnshire) – Link road acting as a bypass for Immingham, relieving heavy lorry movements from the village
A6182 White Rose Way Improvement Scheme (Doncaster) – Dualling of 1.9km of carriageway and replacement of two existing roundabouts with high capacity signalised junctions
Access York Park and Ride – Two new park and ride sites for York
Leeds Rail Growth – Two new railway stations at Kirkstall Forge and Appley Bridge to the West of Leeds
Lincoln Eastern Bypass– Bypass to the east of Lincoln
Supertram additional vehicles (Sheffield) – Four additional tram vehicles for the Supertram network

South West
BRT Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (Bristol) – Bus Rapid Transit scheme (including guided bus) from the Ashton Gate area to the city centre, including feeder services from further afield
Kingskerswell Bypass (Devon/Torbay) – New bypass of Kingskerswell linking Newton Abbot with Torbay
South Bristol Link Phases 1 and 2 – New link road through the South Bristol area linking a number of existing radial routes into the city plus Bus Rapid Transit schemes

South East
Northern Road Bridge (Portsmouth) – Replacement of the Northern Road rail bridge on this strategic corridor into Portsmouth from the north
Tipner Interchange (Portsmouth) – New interchange on M275 opening up development area, park and ride site and bus priority measures

CECA director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner said: “Much of today’s autumn statement will be welcomed by infrastructure contractors.

“The shift from current to capital spending to release additional funding for infrastructure projects, and a continuing commitment from government to deliver private investment into the infrastructure sector, will enable the sector to play its part in returning the UK to sustainable economic growth.

“Over the last year we have demonstrated the contribution that infrastructure can make to growth. It is therefore a shame to see that this growth will be delayed due to a lack of immediate new investment in infrastructure.

“Given the headlines about ‘shovel-ready projects’ leading up to today’s speech, this can only be seen as an opportunity lost.”

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