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Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department and its agencies have spent on preparatory work on uncompleted projects for conventional widening of the (a) M1, (b) M6 and (c) M62. (279601)

The cost of preparatory work for uncompleted conventional widening projects on (a) the M1 is £47 million (b) the M6 is £10 million, and (c) M62 is £1.6 million.

This includes consultant costs for preliminary design, traffic modelling, aerial surveys, hard shoulder surveys, environmental assessment, air quality measurements and production of model, public exhibitions and consultation with key stakeholders.

Information gathered from a number of these activities remains pertinent to the project irrespective of its mode of delivery and will be utilised wherever possible.

In relation to the M1 this covers three schemes of approximately 104 miles length in total, dating back to July 2003.