HC Deb 10 December 1986 vol 107 cc152-4W
Mr. Robert Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all those road schemes, for which he has issued contracts, but which are either incomplete, or have not begun, showing the cost of each scheme.

Mr. Moore

The information requested for schemes costing more than £1 million is as follows:

Route Title Works cost estimate £ millions
A1 Baldersby Junction improvement 2.5
A1 Clifton to Stannington bridge 4.8
A1 Wetherby bypass 9.7
A10 Buntingford bypass 4.0
A11 Wymondham to Cringleford 8.3
A12 Martlesham bypass 9.1
A19 Riccall and Barlby bypass 5.2
A1M Hatfield tunnel electrical and mechanical works 7.3
A2 Barham crossroads grade separated junction 2.5
A2 London boundary to M2 improvement 1.4
A20 Sidcup bypass main contract 32.1
A21 Pembury bypass 12.9
A27 Havant to Chichester bypass 33.1
A30 Exeter to Okehampton stage 3 15.0
A30 Okehampton bypass 17.0
A303 Furze Hedge improvement 1.2
A303 South Petherton to Broadway 14.1
A303 Thruxton to Amesbury 10.0
A34 East Ilsey to Chilton improvement 4.0
A35 Bridport link road 3.4
A36 Warminster bypass 9.1
A38 Belvedere cross 1.3
A38 Saltash bypass 9.6
A39 Bideford bypass 16.0
A406 South Woodford to Barking ancillary works 10.7
A406 South Woodford to Barking contract 1 11.4
A406 South Woodford to Barking contract 2 22.1
A406 South Woodford to Barking contract 3 18.6
A406 South Woodford to Barking contract 4 12.4
A422 Stratford northern bypass 12.3
A43 Brackley bypass 10.0
A43 Towcester bypass 6.3
A435 Evesham bypass 7.7
A47 Peterborough, Westwood junction 1.5
A47 Peterborough, Longthorpe junction 1.2
A47 Wardley Hill improvement 1.7
A48 Chepstow bridge 4.8
A483 Chester southern bypass to Welsh border 6.6
A483 Oswestry bypass and A5 improvements 17.4
A52 Barthomley link to M6 6.6
A595 Thursby bypass 1.3
A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith bypass 27.7
A616 Stocksbridge to M1 17.5
A629 Kildwick to Beechcliffe 22.7
A64 Seamer/Crossgates bypass 5.0
A65 Settle to Giggleswick bypass 5.5
A69 Eighton Lodge junction improvement 4.0
A69 Newcastle western bypass advance works 8.0
M5 Rashwood to Catshill 22.3
M5 Warndon to Catshill ancillary works 9.1
M5 Warndon to Rashwood 16.6
M5/M42 M42 and M5 contract 1 4.8
M63 Stretford to Eccles improvement stages 1 and 2 18.8
M63 Stretford to Eccles improvement stage 3 2.5
M63/M66 Portwood to Denton 55.5


The works cost estimates shown above are estimates of total scheme costs in cash terms and in most cases include some non- contract items such as statutory undertakers' fees and other ancillary works items. In the case of some larger schemes, ancillary items are the subject of a separate works contract.

Mr. Robert Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in the Official Report all those road schemes which his Department has planned and budgeted, showing the cost of each scheme, the anticipated commencement date, and the duration of the project.

Mr. Moore

Details of the Department's national construction programme are given in "National Roads England 1985". Four schemes have been added since publication of the report in June 1985.

Route Number/Scheme Estimated Works cost (£ million) Programmed Start
M20 Widening Junctions 5–8 14.0 April 1989 onwards
M25 Widening Junctions 11–13 18.0 Autumn 1987
A69 Haltwhistle Relief Road 4.0 April 1989 onwards
A259 New Romney Bypass 3.0 April 1989 onwards

The periods for construction of the works will be specified in individual contracts, although there are many variables which can affect the final duration of the works.

Mr. Robert Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department in fees to private consultants for road building in each year since 1979; and how much each company providing these services has received in total since that date.

Mr. Moore

The total amount paid in fees to private consultants engaged in the design and supervision of new motorway and trunk road schemes in each year since 1979 is as follows:

£ millions
1979–80 24.7
1980–81 22.5
1981–82 34.1
1982–83 57.4
1983–84 62.0
1984–85 73.6
1985–86 84.2
1986–871 94.1
1 Provisional

It is not possible to give details of total fees paid to individual consultants except at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Forman

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when the reports on the London assessment studies will be published; and whether he is prepared to review his present proposals for trunk road improvements elsewhere in the light of the report's findings.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

These reports, which will be published shortly, deal with only the first stage of the assessment studies covering the gathering of factual information and opinions relating to the areas studied. The reports will not affect road schemes in other areas.

Mr. Tim Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much the London corridor assessment studies have cost so far.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

£3 million. Two thirds of this has been spent on extensive data collection and on public consultation about problems. These data will provide a firm basis for the next stage of the work and will be made available to local authorities in the areas concerned to assist them in their planning.