ESSEX COUNTY Council this week became the first local authority to get Government backing for a design, build, finance and operate road project.
On Monday the county secured £98M from the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions for shadow tolls and availability payments to the builder and operator of the new 15km, A130 link over the length of a 30 year concession.
Sixty per cent of the payment to the eventual operator will be in shadow tolls, and 40% will be for keeping the road available for use. Operators of the road will also have to hand it over to Essex with a 10 year residual life at the end of the concession.
Shadow tolls will be capped to ensure there is no incentive for the operator to generate extra traffic.
Essex has already short listed two consortia for the project. They are the Laing/Hyder led CountyRoute and Tarmac led Regional Roads. A preferred bidder is expected to be chosen within the next six weeks.
The new road will relieve congested routes between Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend. Essex will put traffic calming onto other routes in the area to divert traffic onto the new road.