The Department for Transport has set out full details of the transport projects winning funding as part of the extra £5.5bn for infrastructure promised by chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement this week.
An extra £1.5bn was set aside for roads in the Autumn Statement, with the cash being distributed via various pots. The DfT has now broken out the schemes that will receive the cash.
Transport projects funded as part of the Autumn Statement 2012
Chancellor George Osborne announced funding for the following transport projects as part of the Autumn Statement 2012:
Scheme: A1 Leeming to Barton improvements
Description: upgrading the A1 between Leeming to Barton to motorway standard by upgrading a dual carriageway to a three lane road, creating a continuous motorway standard route from Leeds to Newcastle and London to Newcastle (via M1/A1M). Works are planned to start in 2013/14 with the scheme open for traffic by 2016/17.
Scheme: A5-M1 link (Dunstable northern bypass)
Cost: £126.6M (DfT contribution)
Description: a new dual two-lane road between the A5 (western end) and the M1 (eastern end) north of Dunstable and Houghton Regis. Work will start in 2014/15 with the scheme open for traffic in 2015/16.
Scheme: A1 Lobley Hill improvement
Description: new roads in both directions parallel to the existing A1 between Lobley Hill and A184 in Gateshead. Work is planned to start in 2014/15 with the scheme open for traffic by 2016.
Scheme: Highways maintenance
Description: a dedicated fund for essential maintenance to renew, repair and extend life of road network in England. It will be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges, or repair damage caused by weather events, like recent floods. The money will be split between Highways Agency and local authorities; details of how each area will benefit from this additional investment will be announced shortly.
Scheme: Strategic road pinch point fund
Description: additional funding for the Highways Agency’s pinch point fund to improve congestion and safety at bottlenecks on the strategic road network and facilitate local economic growth. It will be used for improvements such as road widening and junction improvements. The Highways Agency will now work on identifying the specific projects that will benefit and make an announcement shortly.
Scheme: Local pinch point fund
Description: fund to remove bottlenecks and support development. Schemes delivered as part of this programme will facilitate the creation of jobs and housing development, improve access to enterprise zones and transport gateways - this could include new access roads, junction improvements or bridge strengthening. The fund is open to local transport authorities in England - guidance on how to apply for funding and timescales will be published shortly; schemes considered will be ones that can be delivered quickly delivering an immediate impact on growth.
Scheme: A30 Temple to Carblake
Cost: £60M (£30M DfT contribution and £30M Cornwall Council contribution)
Description: a 4km dualling of the existing single carriageway section of the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake including changes to existing junctions.Cornwall Council is proposing to deliver and part-fund the scheme. Work will start in 2014/2015 subject to the completion of planning processes and funding agreements between Cornwall Council, with the scheme open for traffic in 2016.
Scheme: Accelerated national road projects
Description: A previously announced trial project to speed up delivery of three Managed Motorway schemes: the M3 Junciton 2 to 4a in Surrey; the M6 Junction 10a to 13 in the West Midlands; and the M1 Junction 28 to 31 in Derbyshire. All to be delivered by spring 2015. The trial includes improvements to the A160/A180 route to the port of Immingham, which will also be brought forward to start construction in the summer of 2015 subject to the completion of statutory processes,with completion in autumn 2016 - cutting 18 months off the original construction timetable.
Scheme: Development of future national road projects
Description: continuing the development - detailed design, modelling and preparatory work - of future major road projects to maintain a pipeline of major road infrastructure proposals for delivery in the next spending review. The development work will put in place the necessary preparatory work and analysis to ensure the Department for Transport can plan its future investments and ensure it is in a position to deliver vital future infrastructure; the DfT has previously identified a number of future national road proposals and will announce in due course which schemes will have their development work funded, following a process of prioritisation.
Scheme: Cycling infrastructure improvements
Description: this funding will support infrastructure improvements that make it easier and safer for people get around their local areas by bicycle and could include more cycle lanes or tracks, improvements to junctions and signals, and cycle parking. Local authorities will design solutions best for their areas while keeping a strong focus on economic growth and carbon reduction.
Scheme: M25 junction 30 improvements
Description: improved interface between M25 junction 30 and the A13 making the Thames Gateway more attractive to prospective developers, and improving access to the Lakeside shopping centre and the Port of Tilbury. The Highways Agency will now work up detailed plans for the scheme but options being considered are widening of the A13 and increased capacity at the junction roundabout; this will need to take account of the location of an additional crossing over the Lower Thames.
The following scheme was also announced but will be funded from existing Highways Agency budgets:
Scheme: M40 J12 improvement
Description: improving the layout at J12 of the M40 near Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) facility which includes their Research and Development Centre and the Aston Martin Lagonda site. The scheme includes realignment of the slip roads and a local side road and the installation of traffic signals at the top of the slip roads. The scheme is being funded from existing Highways Agency budgets