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M1: Dunstable

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to build junction 11a of the M1 during the widening of this stretch of the M1; and if she will make a statement. (157543)

The Secretary of State accepted the regional assembly’s advice that the scheme should be funded in the period 2011-12 to 2015-16 but that it should be considered for an earlier start if there is slippage on other schemes in the East of England region.

In the meantime, the Highways Agency has been instructed to progress the scheme through the statutory process, including a public inquiry if necessary, to allow construction of the whole scheme, or junction 11a only, concurrently with M1 widening junction 10-13 in 2010-11 if funding can be made available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest estimate is of the additional cost of building junction 11a of the M1 after the M1 has been widened between junctions 10 and 13, over and above the previous estimate of £14.6 million given by the Highways Agency. (157545)

The latest estimate of the additional cost of construction of the proposed M1 junction 11a (part of A5-M1 link (Dunstable Northern bypass)) in 2013-14, compared to construction concurrently with M1 widening junction 10-13 in 2010-11, is £11.5 million (including the effect of inflation).