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Highways Agency cuts cloth to suit

28 Mar 12 The Highways Agency will start just four major road schemes in the year ahead, of which two are widening works and two are the new managed motorway schemes.

With its budget slashed, the reduced programme for the coming financial year is set out in the Highways Agency’s business plan, now published on its website.

Subject to statutory processes, work will start on:

  • dualling the A11 between Fiveways and Thetford in Norfolk
  • widening the A453 in Nottinghamshire
  • M6 J5 to J8 managed motorway
  • M1 J32 to 35a managed motorway.

Other elements of the programme include the first of the new asset support contracts (ASCs), intended to improve value for money in operating and maintaining the strategic road network, which goes live in mid-2012.

Procurement will start for the work to remove toll booths at the Queen Elizabeth bridge and tunnels at Dartford to make a switch to free-flow charging.

Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton said: "The coming year is our first under reduced budgets set in the 2010 spending review. We have been preparing, and have plans and contracts in place that mean we are ready."


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