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Highways Agency: Finance

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on each of its ongoing major maintenance projects in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much it plans to spend on each such project in each of the next three years. (316848)

The financial year of 2008-09 is the most recent period for which expenditure on major maintenance is available.

In that year the Highways Agency delivered some 2,000 projects within this programme which includes reconstruction, overlay, resurfacing of road pavement and maintenance of roadside assets. It also includes inspections, parapet and structural repair as well as technology and asset renewal.

Therefore, it is not practicable to release costs of each project. In 2008-09 spend on these projects totalled £589 million. In 2009-10 we estimated in our Business Plan planned spend of £800 million on major maintenance projects.

The 2010-11 plans are being finalised and spending in the following years is subject to the outcome of any future Spending Review.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on each of its ongoing routine maintenance projects in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much it plans to spend on each such project in each of the next three years. (316849)

The financial year of 2008-09 is the most recent period for which expenditure on routine maintenance is available.

It is not practicable to release costs of individual routine maintenance works as this comprises many hundreds of projects and much of this activity is paid for through lump sum-based contracts.

Routine maintenance includes vital elements of the Highways Agency’s maintenance regime to ensure it meets its statutory obligations. It includes activities such as gully emptying, accident damage repairs, cleaning signs, defect repairs, winter and technology maintenance.

In 2008-09 spend on routine maintenance totalled £325 million. In 2009-10 we estimated in our Business Plan planned spend of £300 million on routine maintenance.

The 2010-11 plans are being finalised and the following years are subject to the outcome of any future Spending Review.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding the Highways Agency has allocated for (a) routine and (b) major maintenance in each region in each of the next three years. (316854)

Allocations for 2010-11 are currently being finalised and the future years are subject to the outcome of any future spending review.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2098-99W, what total control budget has been allocated for Highways Agency major schemes in (a) development and (b) options stages in 2009-10. (316899)

The Highways Agency Major Schemes in Development and Options Phases that had budgets set for the current financial year, 2009-10, are shown in the following lists. The total control budget for 2009-10 set for schemes in Development was £82.5 million and for schemes in Options was £29.7 million.

Schemes in Development

A1 Leeming to Barton

A11 Fiveways to Thetford

A14 Ellington to Fen Ditton

A14 Kettering

A21 Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst

A21 Tonbridge Bypass to Lamberhurst

A23 Handcross to Warninglid

A45 A46 Tollbar End Improvement

A46 Newark to Widmerpool Improvement

A556 Improvement (M6 J19-M56 J7)

A57/A628 Mottram to Tintwhistle Bypass

A5-M1 Link Dunstable Bypass

Birmingham Box Phase 3 M6 J5-8 Hard Shoulder Running

M1 J10-13 Hard Shoulder Running

M1 J10-13 Junctions

M1 J19 Improvement

M1 J32-35a Hard Shoulder Running

M20 Junction 10a

M25 J1b-J3 Controlled Motorway

M4 J19-20 and M5 J15-17

M60 J15-J12 Lane Gain

M60 J15-12 Lane Gain

M60 J8-12 Hard Shoulder Running

M62 J18-20 Hard Shoulder Running

M62 J25-30 Hard Shoulder Running

£82.5 million

Note:

A46 Newark to Widmerpool Imp moved into the Construction Phase in June 2009.

Schemes in Options

A14 Kettering Bypass

A1 Western Bypass

A1/A19/A1068 Seaton Burn

A160/A180 Imp Immingham

A19/A1058 Coast Road

A19/A189 Moor Farm

A19/A184 Testos Grade Separated Junction

A21 Baldslow Link

A38 Derby Junctions

A5036 Port of Liverpool Access

A63 Castle Street Improvement

Chichester and A27 Transport

M1 J10-13 Hard Shoulder Running

M1 J28-31

M1 J32-35a Hard Shoulder Running

M25 J23-27 Sect 5 Hard Shoulder Running

M25 J30/A13 Corridor

M25 J5-6/7 Sect 2 Hard Shoulder Running

M3 J2-4a Hard Shoulder Running

M4 J3-12 Hard Shoulder Running

M54 to M6 Toll Private Equity Partnership

M6 J10a-13

M6 J13-15 (including J15)

M6 J15-19 (including J19)

M6 J21a-26

M60 J12-18 Impt (Junction 28 to 12 Improvements)

M60 J8-12 Hard Shoulder Running

M62 J18-20 Hard Shoulder Running

£29.7 million

Throughout the course of the year some new schemes have been introduced into the Options Phase and others have moved between phases.

A number of schemes annotated as forming part of the Managed Motorway Feasibility Study within 2008-09 are now going forward as Hard Shoulder Running schemes.