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Roads Funding

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of how many (a) trunk road and (b) local authority road schemes he has withdrawn (i) funding and (ii) approval since 1997; and what the reasons were for the withdrawal of the approval and funding in each case. (96823)

We undertook a detailed review of the trunk roads programme in 1998, the results of which are published in “A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England”.

More recently, we sought advice from the regions in 2005 on their priorities for new schemes on the regional trunk road network and major transport schemes promoted by local authorities. We broadly accepted the regions’ advice which recommended that six schemes in the Highways Agency’s Targeted Programme of Improvements and eight local authority road schemes with an earlier Government funding approval should not be funded in the period to 2015-16. All other schemes previously approved are currently expected to progress, subject to satisfying statutory and departmental approval processes.