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Sixteen transport projects survive the spending cull

27 Oct 10 The Department of Transport has given the go-ahead to a further 16 new schemes, in addition to the eight previously announced, and has made a pot of £600 million available for local authorities to compete for. However, nothing will start for two years yet.

The level of funding required for schemes already under construction is such that it is unlikely that any new schemes will be able to begin construction before 2012/13, the DoT admitted.

There are nine motorway and trunk road widening schemes that are designed to increase capacity and/or relieve congestion. These are:

  • M60 Junctions 8 – 12
  • M1 Junctions 32 – 35a
  • M60 Junctions 12 – 15
  • M1 Junctions 39 – 42
  • M62 Junctions 18 – 20
  • M25 Junctions 5 – 6/7
  • M25 Junctions 23 – 27
  • M6 Junctions 5 – 8
  • A556 Knutsford – Bowdon

There are also seven local infrastructure projects were also confirmed, subject to a best and final offer from local authorities. These are:

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  • A new single carriageway bypass which will ease congestion in Sefton and improve access to the region’s motorway network;
  • An integrated package of sustainable transport improvements in Ipswich including improved bus facilities and walking and cycling routes;
  • Improvements to M5 J29, east of Exeter, providing access to new housing and employment areas;
  • A bypass to the north of Lancaster, connecting the port of Heysham to the M6;
  • Improvements on the A57 east of M1 J31, near Todwick;
  • A new road in Taunton to provide additional cross-town capacity and access to areas of brownfield land; and
  • A new bus station and associated transport improvements in Mansfield.

In addition, the Transport Secretary announced a pot of more than £600 million of funding for further local authority projects. Local authorities will be invited to bid for this funding over the next few months. Councils will be challenged to consider the cost, scope and possibility of local funding when bidding.

A further 14 schemes have been put back until after 2015.

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