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Autumn Statement 2011: the key transport projects given the go-ahead

Chancellor George Osborne has committed £5bn to bring forward new projects and accelerate existing ones. Details of the key transport projects here.


A14 immediate investment – £20M to reduce congestion on the A14 including measures to improve junctions and increase resilience.

A14 challenge – Examine ways to increase the long-term capacity and performance of the A14 with the launch in early December 2011 of a large-scale engagement programme: ‘the A14 Challenge’. By spring 2012, it will have developed and assessed proposals including capacity enhancements on the Fen Ditton to Ellington section of the road. The Government will also look at the scope to relieve congestion by improving other modes including local roads, freight facilities and public transport. It will consider whether improvements can be funded through innovative financing mechanisms including tolling. This work will support the proposed development of new homes in Northstowe, Waterbeach and Alconbury. The government will also consider tolls to fund other road infrastructure if appropriate.

A14 Kettering Bypass – £110M for widening the A14 Kettering Bypass between Junctions 7 and 9.

A45/46 Tollbar End improvement – £110M for the A45/46 Tollbar End improvement scheme.

Access to Manchester Airport – £165M for a new dual carriageway road linking the M56 at Manchester airport to the A6 south of Stockport.

A453 widening – £160M for widening of the A453 between Nottingham, the M1 and East Midlands airport.

Managed motorway schemes – £270M for two new managed motorway schemes: to use the hard shoulder to increase capacity on the M3 in Surrey; and the M6 along part of the route between Birmingham and Manchester.

M25 and M1 junctions – £100M to accelerate the current major projects planned on the M25 (Junctions 23-27) and the M1 (Junctions 39-42).

M1/M6 Junction intersection – £150M for major road improvements on the M1/M6 Junction intersection.

Local transport projects – An extra £170M of funding for local authority major transport projects to enable all the projects in the development pool for the Spending Review 2010 period to go ahead, subject to them passing the Department for Transport assurance process. As of 29 November 2011, 20 individual projects have passed this process including £76M for the  Kingskerswell Bypass in Devon and an additional £50M on the bypass road to the east of Lincoln.

Lower Thames crossing – Commitment to building a new crossing across the Lower Thames. Government has identified three possible locations for a crossing. The government is launching its analysis of the relative merits of those options to inform a public consultation in 2013, and will be exploring the options for tackling Junction 30 of the M25 and pressures on the A13 corridor.

A1 Elkesley planning permission – Approved the planning permission for the A1 at Elkesley.

Road Pinch Point fund – Additional funding of £220M for smaller projects which will ease local bottlenecks and improve safety and road layout. This fund will also invest in driver information, signage and closed-circuit television, to improve incident clear up times and assist road users, particularly road hauliers.

M4 improvement –Government will engage with the Welsh Government on improvements to the M4 in South-East Wales.

Public transport

Northern Line extension – Support for the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea. Subject to commitment by April 2013 from a developer to develop the site and make agreed contributions, the government will consider allowing the Mayor of London and partner authorities to borrow against the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to support this scheme.

Electrification of the Transpennine Express – Network Rail to invest £290M to electrify the Transpennine railway route from Manchester to Leeds starting next year. Before July 2012, the Government will consider further investment in the Northern Hub.

East-West rail project – Network Rail to develop a £270M rail link between Oxford and Bedford. Before July 2012, the government will announce how it will implement this plan subject to support from local contributions, based on a developed business case.

Reduction of disruption on rail network – Network Rail to invest £100M to tackle local problems on the rail network more quickly.

Railway improvements – Network Rail to invest £290M to improve the railway network, including bringing forward bridge renewals, enhancing access to stations and improving resilience of the network to extreme winter weather.

Flexible commuter rail tickets –£45M to extend flexible smart ticketing across London and the South-East.

New carriages for the Southern rail franchise –£80M to support the Southern rail franchise’s procurement of 130 new carriages to operate in south London.

Local transport –£50M to be distributed to all local transport authorities outside London through the Integrated Transport Block.

Low carbon emission buses –£25M to help bus companies and local authorities in England buy new low carbon buses.

Tyne and Wear Metro –£4M to accelerate the upgrade to the Tyne and Wear Metro

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