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Roads: Improvements

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which local authority major transport schemes currently have departmental approval; and, in each case, (a) whether the schemes have full or provisional approval; (b) what is the scheduled date for the start of construction; (c) what is the scheduled completion date; and (d) what is the capital cost of each scheme.[HL6443]

We have placed in the Library a table which sets out the local authority major transport schemes which have approval from the Department for Transport.

The table provides information on: what approval stage the scheme is at; date of start of works, where known; expected completion date, where known; and the latest approved contribution to the scheme costs.

The timing of start of works and completion of many of the schemes are subject to decisions on the advice we have received from the regions in England on the order of priority for timing and funding they attach to proposed major transport schemes. We hope to announce our response before the Summer Recess. The start of works and completion dates for schemes subject to this announcement are marked as “To be confirmed” in the table.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What schemes are currently listed in the Highways Agency’s Targeted Programme of Improvements; and what is (a) the scheduled date for the start of construction; and (b) the scheduled completion date.[HL6444]

A table has been placed in the House Libraries which lists all schemes in the current Targeted Programme of Improvements which are being progressed, taken from the published Highways Agency business plan 2006-07, against their respective actual or expected start and completion dates.

Trunk-road schemes of regional importance which are due to commence construction after April 2008 have been subject to a regional prioritisation process that is under way. Ministers are considering the advice from the regions on their priorities for major transport schemes in their region within indicative funding allocations. Final decisions by Ministers on the delivery timetable for regional trunk-road schemes due to start construction after April 2008 are expected to be announced before the Summer Recess.