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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capital expenditure his Department plans to bring forward in the next 12 months. (261630)

In November 2008 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced, as part of his pre-Budget report, that £700 million of fiscal stimulus funding was being brought forward by the Department for Transport.

£400 million of this will be used by the Highways Agency in 2009-10 to bring forward high value schemes on the strategic roads network. This includes bringing forward by two years the start of construction for the scheme to dual the A46 from Newark to Widmerpool.

In addition the funding will allow us to bring forward work to strengthen hard shoulders in advance of the implementation of hard shoulder running as well as other high value structure and asset renewal projects. The exact schemes that will benefit will be specified in the Highways Agency’s 2009-10 Business Plan.

The remaining £300 million is to be used for the procurement of diesel unit rolling stock as part of the Department’s High Level Output Specification for the British Rail Network.