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Development work to start on six delayed road schemes

Roads minister Mike Penning has sanctioned the development of six road schemes delayed following the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review.

The development work – to be carried out over the next three years – is intended to ensure that a pipeline of future Highways Agency major infrastructure improvements is maintained. By developing these schemes now, the Department for Transport says the proposals will be in a “good position” to be considered for delivery in the early years of the next spending review period post 2015 - should funds allow.

The six schemes are:

  • M4 Junctions 3-12 managed motorway scheme
  • M25 Junction 30 / A13 congestion relief scheme, Thurrock
  • A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction improvement, North Tyneside
  • A21 Tonbridge – Pembury widening, Kent
  • A63 Castle Street improvements, Hull
  • A160/A180 improvements, Immingham

The Highways Agency is also continuing to develop the A5 – M1 Link Road (Dunstable Northern Bypass) after the government secured £45M of private sector investment towards the scheme.

The development work will focus on designing and consulting on proposals, along with progressing any necessary statutory processes. Cash to pay for the development work will come from the Highways Agency’s existing budget, through savings made in delivering improvements to major roads that are in the current roads programme.

The DfT said delayed schemes not selected at this time to have their development work advanced were still “good schemes” that address clear problems, and that it will continue to work with key stakeholders to drive down costs and maximise public value for money.

Penning also announced the conclusion of a review process for four schemes – including the M4 J3-12 managed motorway scheme – launched following the 2010 spending review.

The M3 Junctions 2-4a managed motorway scheme has already been added to the roads programme with a start of work date of 2013/14. The M4 scheme is now being worked up for possible delivery post-2015. But the two remaining proposals, for the M20 Junction 10a and M54 to M6/M6 Toll link road will not be developed at this stage.

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