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Transport Infrastructure Schemes (Thames Valley)

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds he has made available for transport infrastructure schemes in the Thames Valley in the last eight years, broken down by local authority area. (76966)

Since the Local Transport Settlement in December 1998 the Thames Valley area has received £370 million for local transport improvements and maintenance schemes. This figure is broken down in the following table. In addition Buckinghamshire county council is receiving £32.5 million for the A4146 Stoke Hammond and Linslade Western Bypass.

The Highways Agency has also made available £44 million in funding for the A41 Aston Clinton Bypass as well as £72 million for the A34 Chieveley/M4 Junction 13 improvement since 1998.

Funding for integrated transport block and capital highways maintenance

£ million

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Bracknell Forest

0.839

0.780

1.580

1.756

1.654

2.804

2.479

1.651

Reading

2.562

2.902

7.350

6.294

6.951

9.367

6.747

7.121

Slough

0.863

0.884

1.312

1.500

1.434

1.467

1.536

1.532

West Berkshire

1.850

1.732

2.885

3.130

3.233

3.970

3.969

3.738

Windsor

1.392

1.581

2.725

2.791

3.075

3.353

3.268

3.002

Wokingham

1.118

1.471

2.319

2.372

2.797

2.648

2.644

2.538

Oxfordshire

6.764

10.557

18.545

18.613

19.927

23.957

27.283

22.851

Buckinghamshire

4.377

5.879

13.027

12.340

12.435

13.807

10.773

11.469

Total

19.765

25.786

49.743

48.796

51.506

61.373

58.699

53.902

In addition, the Government are providing record levels of funding for railways infrastructure through the passenger franchises and by direct grant to Network Rail. This funding is not classified by local authority area, but the Thames Valley local authority areas have benefited from work by Network Rail to address the rail infrastructure renewals backlog. Particular local authorities have benefited from rail enhancement projects, including Buckinghamshire from improvements to the Chiltern Line and Berkshire authorities from replacement of “slam door” rolling stock on the Reading/Windsor—Waterloo route.