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A36

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Highways Agency spent £449,000 on work associated with the construction of the roundabout on the A36 at Ower in New Forest East constituency; for what reasons the roundabout has not been built; and if she will break down by category the expenditure incurred on the project in each year since 2002. (218456)

[holding answer 14 July 2008]: The Highways Agency has spent approximately £449,000 on preparatory work for a proposed roundabout scheme with an estimated cost of £2.5 million to improve safety for road users at the junction of Whinwhistle Road and the A36 Salisbury Road. This work was carried out due to the very poor accident history at this T junction on the trunk road prior to 2003.

The roundabout has not been built at this highly sensitive rural location because since it was proposed, several other measures have been implemented. Subsequent monitoring shows that these measures have been effective and reduced the number of accidents by 50 per cent. and their severity to more satisfactory, national norms.

The breakdown of expenditure by category type for this scheme between financial year 2002-03 and financial year 2007-08 is as follows:

HA activity description

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total

Surveys-Topographical/Ecological/Drainage/Archaeological

7,330

26,510

13,030

46,870

Outline Design/Lighting

20,676

50,771

4,144

75,591

Value Engineering Design/CDM

562

22,348

46,002

68,912

Scheme Management

1,429

34,915

62,644

98,988

Studies/Surveys Traffic

790

26,276

28,553

15,870

78,347

1,057

150,893

Safety Audits/Specialist

857

1,043

755

2,655

Supervision

2,908

1,061

3,969

Total

3,698

26,276

28,553

46,724

213,934

128,693

447,878