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Autumn Statement 2011: Government identifies 40 long-term priority projects

Forty key areas of infrastructure investment have been identified in Infrastructure UK’s National Infrastructure Plan update, released alongside the Autumn Statement.

The 40 “key areas” represent both major programmes and significant individual projects and are different to the 35 projects identified by chancellor George Osborne today for immediate investment. Many of the schemes, such as Crossrail, are already under construction. Others, such as the Thames Tunnel, have major planning hurdles to overcome.

But the government said it has acted to “resolve any barriers to these priority investments” and set out its approach to managing this programme of investment “to ensure it is delivered as effectively as possible”.



  • Highways Agency programme in construction – pre-2010 Spending Review         
  • New Lower Thames crossing
  • Highways Agency managed motorways programme – Spending Review projects             
  • Mersey Gateway Bridge
  • Highways Agency trunk road improvements programme – 2010 Spending Review projects
  • Local transport projects – funded at or before 2010 Spending Review
  • Highways Agency – Autumn Statement package
  • Alternative approaches to resolving issues along the A14 corridor            
  • Local authority major transport schemes – development pool projects

Public transport

  • Crossrail              
  • Reading upgrade programme
  • Thameslink        
  • High Speed Two (subject to consultation)
  • Rail infrastructure and rolling stock enhancement            
  • Northern rail connectivity (Liverpool-Newcastle including Northern Hub)
  • East Coast Main Line      
  • Intercity Express Programme
  • Great Western Electrification    
  • London Underground investment programme
  • Kings Cross Station improvements          
  • Northern Line Extension to Battersea
  • Airports
  • Gatwick capital investment programme               
  • Heathrow capital investment programme


  • Ports – container terminal projects         
  • Ports – renewable energy projects

Local infrastructure funding programmes

  • Growing Places Fund     
  • Regional Growth Fund


  • Electricity generation – new nuclear investment              
  • Electricity generation – wind energy investment
  • Carbon Capture and Storage investment             
  • Electricity and gas transmission and distribution investment
  • Electricity generation – gas investment (CCGT)
  • Electricity generation – biomass investment       
  • Smart meters


  • 4G mobile auction and rollout   
  • Fixed broadband investment – private and public
  • Rural mobile coverage  
  • Urban broadband fund

Water and sewerage and flood risk management

  • Thames Tideway Tunnel              
  • Flood and coastal erosion risk management programme (including Thames Estuary 2100)

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