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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated construction cost is of the (a) M25 and (b) M1 widening Design Build Finance and Operate contracts; what the expected total cost of each contract is to public funds; and by what year all such costs are expected to have been paid in each case. (99134)

On current assumptions of scope, design, operation and inflation, both widening schemes have an approximate capital estimate of £2 billion, but this is subject to change as the full details of the schemes are finalised.

The overall M25 DBFO contract value is estimated at £5 billion. This will be spread over the 30-year contract life with completion expected in 2039.

The procurement strategy for the M1 widening between junctions 21 and 30 is currently under review but the working assumption is that it will now be procured as a series of early contractor involvement contracts. The project will be delivered in two parts with completion expected in 2014.