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Roads: Construction

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many new (a) bypasses and (b) major local road schemes he plans to construct by 2015. (305619)

[holding answer 10 December 2009]: 62 bypasses (on both the strategic highway and local road network) and 39 local major road schemes (costing over £5 million) have been completed since 2000. A further four bypass and 14 local major road schemes are currently under construction in England.

Regions in England have allocated funding within their Regional Funding Allocations programme for approximately 14 bypasses and 57 local major road schemes to be taken forward to construction by 2015.

A scheme's inclusion within the Regional Funding Allocation programme does not necessarily mean the funding has been approved. Schemes will only proceed once they have successfully completed the Department's funding approval processes and secured any necessary legal powers.