HL Deb 01 November 2001 vol 627 cc178-9WA
Lord Marlesford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

For all new road projects costing over £50 million, what are the location, the anticipated cost, the date of public inquiry, the actual or planned date of starting work and the expected date of completion. [HL953]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

The information requested is set out in the following tables.

Table 1—Schemes currently under construction
Schemes Under Construction Government Office Location Tender Cost Date of Public Inquiry Actual Date of Starting Work Expected date of Completion
A120 Stansted-Braintree Improvement Eastern £75m 1996 (Planning Inquiry) July 2001 2004
A2/M2 Cobham J4 Widening South East £124m Act of Parliament 1995–96 November 1999 2003
M6 Toll (formerly Birmingham Northern Relief Road) West Midlands Private Finance Scheme 1994–95 November 2000 2004

Table 2—Schemes in preparation
Schemes In Preparation Government Office Location Estimated Total Cost (i) Date of Public Inquiry (ii) Planned Date of Starting Work (iii) Expected date of Completion (iv)
A1(M) Ferrybridge-Hook Moor Yorkshire & Humberside £160m 1995 2002–03 2005–06
A1(M) Wetherby-Walshford Yorkshire & Humberside £50m 1993 2002–03 2004–05
A2 Bean to Cobham Widening (Phase 2 Pepperhill-Cobham) South East £74m 2003–04 2004–05 2006–07
A249 Iwade-Queenborough Improvement South East £79m 2000 2004–05 2006–07
A3 Hindhead South East £107m 2003–04 2005–06 2008–09
A303 Stonehenge South West £125m 2003–04 2005–06 2007–08
A46 Newark-Widmerpool Improvement East Midlands £82m 2005–06 2006–07 2008–09
M25 J12–15 Widening South East £94m Public Inquiry not needed Timing depends on the decision on Heathrow Terminal 5 (v)
M60 J5–8 Widening North West £82m 1995 2003–04 2005–06


(i) Estimated total costs are taken from A New Deal For Trunk Roads In England published July 1998, with the exception of A.3 Hindhead and A.46 Newark—Widmerpool, which were added to the Targeted Programme of Improvements in March 2001. The cost of A.2 Bean—Cobham Widening Phase 2 is different to that published in 1998 as the scope of scheme has changed.

(ii) Forecast dates are based on likely current programmes.

(iii) Anticipated date of starting work is subject to satisfactory completion of statutory procedures.

(iv) Expected date of completion assumes a two year construction period which may vary from scheme to scheme.

(v) The M.25 J12–15 widening scheme is necessary irrespective of whether or not planning permission is given for the proposed Terminal 5.