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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards achieving the target of widening 5 per cent. of the strategic road network by 2010, as stated in the Transport 10 Year Plan of 2000 issued by his Department’s predecessor; against what baseline this target is measured; and what percentage of the strategic road network was widened in each year since 2000. (232014)

The 10-year plan published in July 2000 set out a broad package of measures for improving transport. Over the 10-year period, individual projects in the Highways Agency’s programme would flow from the outcome of multi modal studies and decisions taken through regional transport strategies. Although the plan gave an indicative figure for widening the strategic road network, this is not a target that the Government monitors performance against.

The following table provides detail of the schemes widened from 2000 to 2007 (the last full year for which data is available).

Year opened to traffic

Scheme

Total scheme length (kilometres)

2000

A30/A35 Honiton-Exeter (DBFO)

21.0

M66 Denton-Middleton (Contract 1)

6.0

M66 Denton-Middleton (Contract 3)

9.0

2001

No widening schemes completed

0

2002

No widening schemes completed

0

2003

A2/M2 Cobham to Junction 4 widening

10.6

A11 Roudham Heath-Attleborough Improvement

9.9

A1 Willowburn-Denwick Improvement

4.0

A46 Newark-Lincoln Improvement

13.0

A1033 Hedon Road Improvement

6.7

2004

A120 Stansted to Braintree Improvement

23.0

A2 Bean-Cobham Phase 1 Bean-Pepperhill

4.1

2005

A1(M) Wetherby-Walshford

5.0

M5 Junctions 17-18a Northbound Climbing Lane (Hallen Hill)

2.1

M4 Junction 18 Eastbound Diverge

3.0

M25 J12-15 Widening

11.4

2006

A1(M) Ferrybridge-Hook Moor

17.0

M60 J5-8 Widening

7.4

M5 Junctions 19-20 Southbound Climbing Lane (Naish Hill)

3.4

M5 Junctions 19-20 Northbound Climbing Lane (Tickenham Hill)

3.4

A249 Iwade-Queenborough Improvement (DBFO)

5.0

2007

A11 Attleborough Bypass

5.2

A428 Caxton Common to Hardwick Improvement

7.6

A30 Bodmin Indian Queens Improvement

11.5

A66 Carkin Moor to Scotch Corner Improvement

6.1

A66 Greta Bridge to Stephen Bank Improvement

4.7

M1 J31 to J32 Widening

2.0