There was more bad news for road building yesterday as transport secretary Philip Hammond revealed that no new local authority schemes will be considered for at least two years at the same time as shelving a number of managed motorway schemes.
In addition to the schemes cancelled in last week’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Hammond mothballed work on the M1/M6 junction 19 improvement and M20 junction 10a, which had been due to start by 2012.
The Highways Agency’s budget for major projects, capital maintenance and enhancements has been cut to £4bn over the four years of the review period. Its current business plan for 2010/11 will see it spend £2.7bn on major improvements and maintaining the network.
While Hammond gave the green light to five existing managed motorway schemes in the first two planned tranches would go ahead, he put on hold three that had been scheduled to begin by 2015 – M6 junctions 10a to 13, M3 junctions 2 to 4a and M4 junctions 3 to 12.
Also on hold until at least 2015 is the improvement of junction 30 of the M25 – a project that has connections to the development of the London Gateway development by DP World.
The following have also been ruled out for the next five years:
- A14 Kettering Bypass
- A160/A180 Immingham
- A19 Testos
- A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction
- A21 Tonbridge – Pembury
- A27 Chichester Bypass
- A38 Derby Junctions
- A45/A46 Tollbar End
- A453 Widening
- A5-M1 Link Road
- A63 Castle Street