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Road Schemes (Private Involvement)

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 9 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many road schemes sponsored or supported by his Department have private financial involvement.

On 1 April a Bill to authorise the construction of a new bridge between Dartford and Thurrock was introduced. Subject to parliamentary approval, the bridge will be financed privately, constructed and operated by Dartford River Crossing Ltd. and will cost about £86 million at July 1986 prices.

There are currently 10 road schemes, with a total cost about £2·5 million, for which the Department are negotiating payment of the cost of the works with private developers.

The Department has no comparable information for local highway authority schemes supported through transport supplementary grant. This grant is paid towards accepted expenditure by the authorities themselves, net of any private sector contributions.