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Road Traffic Control: Kettering

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the grant awarded by her Department in 2007 towards improving the operation and co-ordination of traffic lights in Kettering has been spent on; and what the impact of that spending has been on levels of co-ordination and operation. (155133)

The grant to which the hon. Member refers is being paid through the Department’s Growth Area Fund, and the scheme is called the Kettering Intelligent Transport Scheme (KITS). The scheme was approved in January 2007 and will be delivered by the end of March 2008. To date, delivery has been focussed on the planning required although I understand orders have now been placed and the main works are about to commence. It is therefore not possible to assess the impact at this stage although the scheme was appraised to Treasury Green Book standards prior to the grant being approved.