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Roads: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road building projects will be (a) cancelled and (b) delayed due to the budget overrun at the Highways Agency; and if she will make a statement. (186152)

[holding answer 18 February 2008]: The Highways Agency (HA) is currently re-estimating the costs of its roads programme following the recommendations of the Nichols Review. The Department for Transport and the Highways Agency are also studying the scope for more advanced traffic management solutions.

We will consider the national element of the HA major roads programme up to 2014 once this work is completed, and an announcement will be made in the spring. Until then it is not possible to say what the implications will be for particular schemes.

Regional HA major roads schemes and their timings are considered within the regional funding allocation process.