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Roads: South West

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd March 2016.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest estimated costs or final costs are for each of the road projects referred to in the Government's announcement entitled Major Roads Investment in the South West, published on 1 December 2014.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The latest cost estimates for road projects in the South West of England included in the Government's Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) for 2015-20 are below:

M49 Avonmouth Junction

£37.3m - £53.6m

A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

£104.6m - £142.2m

A358 Taunton to Southfields

£351m - £517m

M5 Junction 23

less than £25m*

A30 Chiverton Cross to Carland Cross

£100m – £250m*

A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down

£864m - £1321m

A417 Missing Link

£250m - £500m *

A30 Temple to Higher Carblake

scheme cost £56.5m. Highways England contribution = £46.5m.

* cost as provided in RIS Investment Plan

Updated range estimates have been prepared for some schemes since the cost categories provided in the RIS in December 2014. As schemes are developed further, they will all have their estimates updated.

I note in particular that historic attempts to improve the A303 were shelved by the previous Labour Government; we are determined to finally deliver the connectivity the south west deserves.

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