HC Deb 15 December 1999 vol 341 cc189-90W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the major road improvement schemes that are now taking place within the Greater London area. [102708]

Mr. Hill

I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Peter Nutt, to reply to my hon. Friend.

Letter from David York, to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 15 December 1999: The Minister for Transport for London, Keith Hill, has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about major road improvement schemes that are now taking place in Greater London. I am replying in the absence of the Chief Executive, Peter Nutt. Landscaping work is being carried out on the Al2 Hackney M11 Link Road which opened to traffic on 6th October. The final section of the A13 West of Heathway to Mardyke scheme opened to traffic on 14 December and work continues on the London Primary Route Network Signing project to redesign and replace direction signs on London's primary routes within the M25 corridor. This work is being carried out in three phases because of its complexity and geographical spread. Two of the phases, covering East London and South West London, will be completed shortly, whilst work on the third phase, covering North West London, is expected to be completed in Autumn 2000. There are also a number of schemes in the pipeline. We are nearly ready to award a contract for the A 1 3 Thames Gateway DBFO project which includes improvements at Ironbridge-Canning Town, the A13/A117 junction and Movers Lane junction. Subject to the completion of the necessary statutory procedures, it could also include improvements to the A13/A117 Prince Regent Lane junction. Detailed design work for the A40 Western Avenue bridge replacement scheme will start next year and we are preparing tender documents for the A23 Coulsdon Inner Relief Road improvement scheme so that it could start in early 2002. There are also four proposals to improve the A406 North Circular Road at Bounds Green, Regents Park and Golders Green and the A205 at Catford Town Centre. These schemes will transfer to the Greater London Authority (GLA) who will study the role of these roads as part of their development of a transport strategy for London. It will be for the GLA to decide whether or not to take the schemes forward. One local authority major improvement is also underway, the A240 North South strategy for the London Borough of Kensington.

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