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£1bn transport fast-track schemes announced

Transport secretary Geoff Hoon has announced the £1bn of transport schemes to be fast-tracked to help economic recovery, and part of yesterday's Pre-Budget Report.

In a statement to the house of commons, Hoon said:

"I am bringing forward over £1bn of investment in improving our nation's transport infrastructure, in particular to tackle bottlenecks and improve access to key international gateways."

Of the £1bn, the vast majority - £700M - will be invested in tackling congestion and increasing capacity.

Projects:

  • Dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool - £100M, as part of £174M overall government funding

  • 200 train carriages to relieve congestion on the Great Western, Northern and Transpennine rail franchises - £300M

  • Further Active Traffic Management schemes - £300M

A further £300M will accelerate: "Key schemes that improve transport links to some of the UK's most important airports and ports, as well as offering more environmentally-friendly options for transporting freight," said Hoon.

Projects:

  • Improvements to the A180/A160 junction to enhance access to Immingham Port - £30M

  • Technology improvements to enhance traffic flow on the A12 between the M25 and Ipswich, improving access to Felixstowe and Harwich ports - £60M

  • South East Manchester relief road, to improve access to Manchester Airport - £165M

  • Enhancements to the North London Line to enable increased movements of rail freight - £54M

However, Hoon said that: "Delivery of the A46, A12, A180/A160 and Access to Manchester Airport schemes is subject to agreeing regional funding contributions and, with the exception of the A12, the completion of statutory planning processes."

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