ROADS MINISTER Lord Whitty has given the go ahead for £1bn worth of road schemes to start by 2004.
The schemes were initially identified in the Government's recent New deal for trunk roads in England policy document under the targeted programme of improvements.
Of the projects, 22 improvement and bypass schemes worth a total of £600M will start by 2002. These will be followed by the £94M M25 junction 12-15 widening in 2003 and the £82M M60 junction 5-8 widening, expected to start a year later.
Two schemes on the A1(M), the £160M Ferrybridge to Hook Moor and the £50M Wetherby to Walshford Road, will be let as DBFO projects by 2003.
Two others on the A2 and one on the A249 will also proceed as DBFO projects once statutory procedures are completed.
A further 15 schemes not yet through statutory procedures were also cleared to continue.