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Departmental Finance

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding his Department has allocated to each (a) scheme and (b) area for local network management schemes for 2009-10. (316850)

The Highways Agency allocated £105 million of funding to local network management schemes in 2009-10. Approximately 1,500 projects make up this total and it is not practicable to detail these.

The Highways Agency operates the Strategic Road network on a National basis and prioritises its programme as such. The local network management scheme budget in the 2009-10 Business Plan was allocated by area as follows:

£ million

East

13

East Midlands

9

North West

18

South East

27

South West

8

West Midlands

14

Yorkshire and North East

16

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much of his Department’s £700 million fiscal stimulus funding had been spent on roads projects on the latest date for which figures are available; and how much of that funding he plans to spend on funding each roads project. (316851)

The Department for Transport is to spend £400 million of the £700 million fiscal stimulus funding on projects on the strategic road network. The year-to-date and estimated full year forecast of fiscal stimulus expenditure, split by region, is as follows:

£ million

Region

Year to date (December 2009)

Full year forecast

North West

36

58

Yorkshire and North East

61

87

West Midlands

33

61

East Midlands

51

78

East

32

55

South West

24

30

South East

29

31

Total

266

400

There are in excess of 100 schemes being delivered as part of the fiscal stimulus programme and it is not practicable for all schemes to be detailed. In the following table are examples of these schemes with estimated full year forecast expenditure (these are included in the £400 million shown in the above).

Description

Full year forecast (£ million)

A46 Newark to Widmerpool dualling

70

M6 J5-15 hard shoulder strengthening

51

M62 J25-30 concrete barrier and lighting renewal

36

M1 J32-35a concrete barrier and lighting renewal

20

M1 J10-13 hard shoulder strengthening

16

M11 J9-8 pavement renewals

11

Avonmouth Bridge Northbound resurfacing

6

A27 Lighting and major maintenance

6

A3 Esher bypass major maintenance

5

M4 J15 replacement of central reserve barrier

5

M18 Jctn 6-7 concrete barrier renewal

4

A5 Milton Keynes renewals

4

M1 J28-30 lane 1 and hard shoulder renewals

4

M6 J33-34 resurfacing/safety barrier replacement

4

A38—A50 installation variable message signs

3

M42 J5 through junction running

3

M5 Poundisford resurfacing

3

A55 River Dee carriageway resurfacing

2

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how much funding has been allocated to each (a) scheme and (b) region under the second round of the regional funding allocation; (316853)

(2) how much of his Department’s Regional Funding Advice 2 budget has been allocated to (a) Highways Agency schemes of regional significance valued at over £5 million and (b) each local transport major scheme in each region in each of the next three years.

The Government published guidance for the regions and additional transport supplementary guidance in July 2008. This provided information on regional funding allocations by year from 2008-09 to 2018-19 and by region. I am placing a copy of this guidance in the Libraries of the House.

In addition, I have also recently placed in the House Libraries advice received from each region, excluding London, in July 2009 which highlights suggested funding allocations to 2018-19 for each (a) Highways Agency scheme of regional significance and (b) local transport major scheme, costing over £5 million. These allocations are indicative only. The actual amount spent on each scheme in any given year will depend upon the terms of the final funding approval from the Department, the start date, and progress of construction. Copies of our response to the advice dated July 2009 have also been placed in the House Libraries.