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Highways Agency: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 300W, on motorways: repairs and maintenance, whether the £6 billion programme of national major schemes will be in addition to the annual budget for the Highways Agency programme of national major schemes; (255093)

(2) what the Highways Agency budget in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13 is for national major road schemes.

In our July 2008 document “Roads - Delivering Choice and Reliability” we announced that up to £6 billion was being made available for improvements to national strategic roads in England. On 15 January 2009, we announced which schemes this funding would support up to 2015. This funding is in addition to the provision for major improvements to regional strategic roads and other Highways Agency activities such as maintenance and the Traffic Officer Service.

The budgets for the Highways Agency are set on an annual basis and published in their annual Business Plan. The 2009-10 Highways Agency Business Plan is due to be published by the end of March 2009. Precise budgets are subject to annual confirmation as part of determining overall public sector investment and the Highways Agency’s business planning process.