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Government gives go ahead for six road improvement schemes

The Department for Transport (DfT) has given the green light for development work to begin on six major road schemes over the next three years.

The development work will focus on designing and consulting on proposals, along with progressing any necessary statutory processes, so that the schemes are ready for delivery in the early stages of the next spending review period (2015-18) if given final ministerial approval. The schemes are:

• M4 Junctions 3-12 managed motorway scheme; Thames Valley
• M25 Junction 30 / A13 congestion relief scheme, Thurrock;
• A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction improvement; North Tyneside
• A21 Tonbridge – Pembury widening; Kent
• A63 Castle Street improvements, Hull; and
• A160/A180 improvements, Immingham

In addition, the M3 Junctions 2-4a managed motorway scheme – a proposal from the 2010 Spending Review – has been added to the roads programme with a start of work date of 2013/14. Two remaining proposals, the M20 Junction 10a and M54 to M6/M6 Toll link road will continue to be considered for future delivery.

The DfT has also given final approval to two major road-building projects – the £34m dual carriageway to the south-east of Corby and £109m Kingskerswell Bypass in Devon – which were initially announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement last year. Both will be two-thirds funded by the government and operational by January 2014 and December 2015 respectively

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