HC Deb 01 July 2002 vol 388 cc108-9W
Mr. Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for new road schemes in the north-west; and if he will list those schemes, giving in each case the(a) cost and (b) commencement date. [64540]

Mr. Jamieson

The planned new road schemes in the Government's targeted programme of improvements that are not yet at the construction stage in the north-west are as follows. (The TPI is a programme of major road improvements announced in July 1998 in support of the Integrated Transport White Paper 'A New Deal for Transport'.)

Scheme and brief details Estimated cost (£ million) Start of Works
M6 Motorway Extension Carlisle to Guards Mill. Upgrading to motorway status the only non-motorway link between Central Scotland and Southern England, which will include the replacement of the Mossband Viaduct. 65 2005–06
M62 Motorway Junction 6 Improvement. Improvements to the junction by providing links from the M62 motorway (westbound) to the M57 (northbound), and from the M57 (southbound) to the M62 (eastbound). The scheme will contribute to the regeneration of Merseyside and relieve congestion at the junction 6 Roundabout. 24 2007–08

The start dates given are subject to the satisfactory completion of the necessary statutory procedures.

Scheme Estimated cost (£ million) Completion date
A500 Basford Hough Shavington Bypass.Removal of some 80 per cent. of traffic through Basford Hough and Shavington, including a substantial number of heavy goods vehicles. 28.2 Spring 2003
A66 Stainburn and Great Clifton Bypass.Removal of some 75 to 80 per cent. of traffic through Stainbum and Great Clifton, including a substantial number of heavy goods vehicles. 7.2 December 2002

There is also one other scheme that is not in the TPI, but which is currently under construction. This is the provision of a new junction 8 on the M62 at Warrington, and the widening of the motorway between junctions 8 and 9. The cost of the scheme is around £20 million, which is being met by the developer of the nearby Omega Development site. The expected completion date is December 2002.

There are also a number of local authority road schemes, which have been provisionally accepted for funding by the Secretary of State. They are:

Scheme Estimated cost (£ million) Completion date
Alderley Edge Bypass 38 October 2003
Bridgefoot Environmental Enhancement 6 April 2003
Carlisle Northern Development 22 June 2004
The Glossop Spur 7 August 2004
Hall Lane Improvement—Liverpool 9 April 2005

The SEMMMS report recommended three new road proposals to be taken forward by the local authorities. These are: Poynton Bypass; A555 MALRW; and the A6(M) Stockport north-south Bypass.

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