Labour to mothball £320m A27 job to fix potholes

Aaron Morby 1 month ago

Labour has confirmed it would can the £320m Arundel Bypass scheme in West Sussex to help fund its plan to accelerate the pothole-fixing programme nationally.

A consortium of Bam Nuttall, Aecom and Mace was awarded the project back in 2021, with the aim of starting construction last year, but the Government pushed the scheme back to RIS3 as part of a previous roads programme review.

Now Labout has confirmed it would defer the scheme further after branding it ‘poor value for money’.

The decision would save around £60m annually over the next five years which Labour said would be channeled into filling potholes.

In Labour’s Manifesto published yesterday, it said: “Labour will maintain and renew our road network, to ensure it serves drivers, cyclists and other road users, remains safe, and tackles congestion.

“We will fix an additional one million potholes across England in each year of the next parliament, funded by deferring the A27 bypass, which is poor value for money. ”

Among its other pledges Labour’s promise to build 1.5m new homes in England during the next five years, which would require a level of house building not seen since the 1960s.

An incoming Labour government would reverse the current administration’s changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and restore mandatory housing targets “immediately”.

It also pledged to build a new generation of new towns. Alongside urban extensions and regeneration projects, these would form part of a series of large-scale new communities across England.

Main points for construction

  • Immediately update the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • 1.5 million homes over the next parliament
  • Restore mandatory housing targets
  • Ensure local authorities have up to date local plans and strengthen the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
  • Brownfield first but accept it is not enough to meet our needs
  • Strategic greenbelt land designation and implement a greybelt land definition
  • Further devolution to local authorities and regions
  • Reform procurement rules to better favour SMEs
  • Set up Great British Energy as a publicly owned, clean power company
  • Maintain and renew road network, embedding public and active travel
  • Reform compulsory purchase compensation rules and improve land assembly
  • Create a mission driven new ‘Industrial Strategy’ and ‘Local Growth Plans’
  • National Wealth Fund, with private sector joint venture strategies
  • Support SMEs with action on late payment and easier access to capital
  • Transform Further Education colleges into specialist Technical Excellence Colleges

The National Federation of Builders welcomed the growth plan but called for more detail.

Rico Wojtulewicz, Head of Policy and Market Insight at the NFB, said:“Labour appears to understand how damaging a broken planning system is for society, the economy and growth. For the construction industry this means businesses will finally be able to plan, rather than operate hand to mouth.

“However, we have been here before with Robert Jenrick MP’s, ‘Planning for the Future,’ white paper, which was shelved after the Conservative government lost a by-election and backbenchers revolted over land use.

“A fair regulatory environment will do more for business and the nations finances than any tax cuts because without an opportunity positive environment, growth and investment isn’t possible. In Labour, we might finally have a political party that is strong enough to accept that reality.”

Latest news

26 face fight to renew spots on £1bn NEPO civils deal

Next generation framework to start in March 2025
48 mins ago

Go-ahead for £170m King’s Cross life sciences office project

Innovative arched design to carry landmark building over railway tunnels
1 hour ago

Mitie buys power contractor ESM for £8.5m

Building FM firm strengthens high voltage contracting offer
4 mins ago

New vision unveiled for £5bn Liverpool Waters

More housing included in central docks area after Labour £55m funding boost
9 hours ago

String of contract wins sees turnover surge 25% at Mace

Construction division sees revenue leap to £1.73bn
1 hour ago

Morgan Sindall wins £32m Walsall waste centre

Contract will transform former metal factory site
1 hour ago

Kier wins £30m Greenwich teaching block

London South East Colleges plans to spend £47m on Greenwich Campus redevelopment
12 hours ago

Blenheim House Construction applies for administration

Surrey contractor employs around 80 staff generating £87m turnover
1 day ago

GMI chief jumps to Henry Boot Construction

Lee Powell will replace Tony Shaw as MD when he leaves at the end of 2024
1 day ago

Avant Homes makes £109m loss

House builder reveals huge loss just days after entering Crest Nicholson bid race
2 days ago

Greggs unveils plans for giant distribution centre

Bakery giant to build 311,551 sq ft logistics centre in Kettering
1 day ago

£330m south east London 1,250 homes scheme approved

Outline planning for New Belvedere development near the Thames
1 day ago

Green light for Birmingham 1,200-bed student scheme

Cambrian Wharf project will rise to 14 and 35 storeys
1 day ago

Welsh fit-out specialist files administration notice

£30m turnover employee-owned Paramount D&B lodges court notice
2 days ago

Skanska signs £105m London Millbank office rebuild

Original 1915 building facade will be dismantled and rebuilt
2 days ago

Historic facade contractor goes into administration

Administrator seeking buyer for Charles Henshaw & Sons
5 days ago

Three-year HS2 station box excavation completed

Enough clay to fill 300 Olympic sized swimming pools removed from Old Oak Common site
2 days ago

BAM starts £88m Fife passivhaus school job

1,800-pupil school will be built near Rosyth Docks
2 days ago

Torsion appoints new Chief Operating Officer

David Worsley promoted as leadership team shuffled at Leeds based firm
2 days ago

Tilbury Douglas site manager saves schoolboy’s life

Site manager carries collapsed schoolboy to resuscitation unit he helped build
5 days ago

Extra HS2 payment sees SCS contract jump to £4.24bn

Skanska Costain Strabag JV additional payments rise to £650m after third handout
2 days ago

Plans lodged for 3,300-home Salford tower cluster

£1bn Regent Park scheme includes UK's third tallest building at 70 storeys
5 days ago

Domis founder Lee McCarren steps down

Fellow director Kingsley Thornton takes helm as co-founder retires
5 days ago

Spencer lands civils package on £300m energy plant

Subcontract worth £23m on pioneering Manchester green energy storage scheme
5 days ago

Van Elle and M&J Evans team-up for housing works

Piling and groundworks specialist start new collaboration deal
5 days ago

Muse JV closes Wolverhampton City Centre West quarter deal

English Cities Fund completes council partner deal for 1,000-home plan
5 days ago

Ofwat approves £88bn AMP8 water spending spree

Spending on infrastructure ringfenced, unspent funds returned to customers
6 days ago

‘Bellingham Bridge’ takes shape on HS2 in Birmingham

Watch work on four huge piers for bridge named after England superstar
6 days ago

Construction swings from weakest to strongest sector

Construction output rebounds by 1.9% in May after three months of decline
6 days ago

Costain appoints new commercial director

Paul Morris takes over from David Taylor
6 days ago

Contractor services