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Highways Agency plans £1.5bn upgrade

EIGHT MAJOR road contracts will be let by the Highways Agency over the next year, as part of a £1.5bn spending plan unveiled last week.

The Agency's business plan for 2001/2002 sets out a £634M investment in major road schemes and £687M in road maintenance.

Contracts will be let on schemes worth more than £200M in the Agency's targeted programme of improvements.

They are:

A10 Wadesmill/Colliers End worth £24M A120 Stansted-Braintree improvement, worth. £92M A21 Lamberhurst bypass worth £12M.

A46 Newark-Lincoln improvement worth £29M.

A5 Nescliffe bypass worth £13.5M.

A6 Rothwell-Desborough bypass worth£10.5M.

A6 Rushden & Higham Ferrers bypass worth £9.4M.

A63 Selby bypass worth £41M.

Draft orders will be published for the following:

A2/A282 Dartford improvement - added to schedule.

A14 Rookery crossroads grade separated junction A421 Great Barford bypass A5 Weeford-Fazeley improvement A500 City Road and Stoke Road junction improvement A public consultation will be held for the M6 extension to Carlisle and a public inquiry will investigate the A63 Melton grade separated junction.

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