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M25: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest ministerially-approved costs are of the (a) M25 widening schemes and (b) M1 widening schemes; and what the original estimated cost was of these schemes. (188494)

The following table provides the information requested for the schemes on the M1 and M25 motorways, forming part of the Highways Agency's programme of major schemes, which were designated ‘widening schemes’ at programme entry. Following the Nichols report on the Highways Agency, revised cost estimates for a number of the schemes listed are currently in preparation. In addition, following publication on 4 March of the ‘Advanced Motorway Signalling and Traffic Management Feasibility Study’ a number of these schemes will be considered for their suitability for active traffic management (ATM), including hard shoulder running, as an alternative to conventional widening. Where ATM is selected as the preferred option the scheme cost will be re-estimated.

£ million

Scheme name

Programme entry estimate

Latest ministerial approved estimates

M25 J12-15 widening1

94

120

M25 J1b to J3 widening ECI

66

262

M25 J5 to J6/7 widening DBFO

214

214

M25 J16 to J23 widening DBFO

496

697

M25 J23 to J27 widening DBFO

419

419

M25 J27 to J30 widening DBFO

402

583

M25 total

1,691

2,098

M1 J6A to J10 widening

241

289

M1 J10 to J13 widening

382

601

M1 J21 to J30 widening (ECI) Contract 1

M1 J21 to J30 widening (ECI) Contract 2

1,915

1,915

M1 J30 to J31 widening

135

135

M1 J31 to J32 widening1

20

20

M1 J32 to J34S

139

139

M1 J34N to J37

246

246

M1 J37 to J39

224

224

M1 J39 to J42 widening

202

202

M1 total

3,504

3,771

1 Scheme complete.

2 In addition, £12 million of work has been transferred to the A2/A282 scheme