Roads: Finance

Transport written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Mark Hunter Mark Hunter Shadow Transport Minister; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader, Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which projects have been allocated funding from the £6 billion fund for national strategic roads announced in July 2008; how much each has been allocated (a) before the start of financial year 2009-10 and (b) in respect of financial year (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14 and (vi) 2014-15; which of them are planned to start before the end of financial year 2009-10; and how much funding each such project has been allocated beyond financial year 2014-15.

Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

holding answer 9 February 2010

The Command Paper 'Roads-Delivering Choice and Reliability', published in July 2008, announced that up to £6 billion had been made available to fund improvements to national strategic roads in England. The policy statement 'Britain's Transport Infrastructure-Motorway and Major Trunk Roads', published in January 2009, announced how the proposed investment was to be targeted.

Under current project governance arrangements, the Department makes an investment commitment only once a scheme is ready to commence construction. The preceding stages of scheme development are funded by the incremental release of phase budgets without making any commitment to fund the scheme beyond the next phase.

For this reason, the following analysis is confined to those schemes that have already secured investment commitment and have entered the construction phase.

Years relating to £6 billion funding assumption
(a) Actual (£ million) (b) 2009-10 and subsequent years forecast funding allocation at 31 December 2009 (£ million)
Projects allocated funding from £6 billion funding assumption Prior years 2008-09 (i) 2009-10 (ii) 2010-11 (iii) 2011-12 (iv) 2012-13 (v) 2013-14 (vi) 2014-15
Projects under construction (pre January 2009 start of works):
M1 J25-28 43.1 105.3 136.2 35.2 - - - -
A5117DeesidePark 37.2 25.5 - - - - - -
A1 Bramham to Wetherby 40.2 23.3 8.5 - - - - -
M40 J15 Longbridge 10.7 23.5 32.1 3.9 - - - -
Projects under construction (post January 2009 start of works):
A1 Dishforth to Leeming 36.7 32.5 70.0 91.2 79.7 - - -
M25 J16-23 (Section 1) 17.2 5.2 89.9 183.9 190.5 108.6 - -
M25 J27-30 (Section 4) 13.5 3.8 32.2 115.0 183.3 46.5 - -
M1 J10-13 28.2 7.7 21.3 122.1 148.5 86.9 - -
A46 Newark (part funding) - - 73.0 63.5 16.1 9.8 - -

The A46 Newark to Widmerpool scheme is a regional project that is part-funded by the national roads programme as part of accelerated expenditure under the fiscal stimulus initiative announced in July 2009. The budget allocation identified in the table above relates only to the contribution to scheme costs from the national budget.

The Birmingham Box Phase 1 and Phase 2 schemes were both identified in the January 2009 policy statement but are to be funded from the HA Network Operations budget.

The A14 Traffic Technology scheme was also identified in the January 2009 policy statement but is to be funded from the Department for Transport Technology Innovation Fund.

There is one further investment commitment planned before the end of financial year 2009-10; however, this remains subject to approval from HM Treasury. The replacement of the Catthorpe Viaduct forms part of the M1 Junction 19 Improvement scheme. An initial investment commitment of up to £25 million is planned with costs apportioned equally between 2010-11 and 2011-12. Any further investment commitment will only be made once the statutory process has been completed for the scheme as a whole.

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