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Transport: Coventry

Transport written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants her Department has provided for transport infrastructure in Coventry in the last 12 months; and what future such grants are planned to be made.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department has provided local transport capital allocations for Coventry city council and the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority for 2007-08 and has announced funding for 2008-09 to 2010-11, as shown in the following table.

The seven West Midlands metropolitan district councils and the PTA are free to redistribute most of their funding allocations among themselves if they so decide.

£ million
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Coventry CC—Highways Capital Maintenance 2.101 2.804 2.430 2.255
Coventry CC—Major Projects (Primelines) 8.961 1.933 0 0
Coventry CC—Integrated Transport 3.321 3.408 3.522 3.657
WMPTA—Integrated Transport 21.280 21.514 21.831 22.218

A grant of £2.043 million has been allocated for 2008-09 to capital maintenance on the detrunked sections of the A45 in Coventry. About 18 per cent. of the specific road safety grant which totals between £4.4 million and £4.7 million per year between 2007-08 and 2010-11 across the West Midlands metropolitan area is for capital projects, that is for transport infrastructure.

Additionally, the West Midlands urban traffic control system major scheme bid is currently being considered by the Department. The bid is still subject to final confirmation and approval, but should it be successful, a total of £26.6 million would be awarded covering the West Midlands Authorities.

£64.3 million of private finance initiative credits for the 25 year Coventry street lighting project have been announced.

In addition Coventry is benefiting from investment in strategic transport infrastructure including the west coast main line.

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