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Roads, Essex

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial allocation has been made for road building in Essex over the next five years; and what schemes have priority.

Detailed Government funding is for only one year at a time and depends on completion of statutory and other procedures, although there are forward programmes. The Department's expanded trunk road and motorway programme includes a number of important schemes in Essex, notably widening of M25 and the new motorway from the M25 to Chelmsford. The major A127 Rayleigh Weir junction improvement is already under way.For local roads Essex county council will in 1990–91 receive transport supplementary grant of £6·686 million towards capital expenditure, including work on the A120 Dovercourt bypass stage 2 and the A414 Caves lane improvement. This represents an increase of over 30 per cent. compared with 1989–90.