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Highways Agency publishes £1.4bn roads timetable

The Highways Agency has published a five-year timetable for construction of 14 new road schemes worth £1.4 billion.

Three projects will get underway in the next eight months, with a further three to start in 2012/13 and eight more projects to begin construction before 2016.

The first two schemes to get underway are the A23 Handcross to Warninglid improvement scheme in West Sussex and the M62 (J25 to J30) scheme in West Yorkshire, both of which are scheduled to start between October and December.

Work on the M4/M5 around Bristol will get underway between January and March, 2012 while schemes on the M1 near Sheffield, M6 around Birmingham and A11 in Norfolk will start in the financial year 2012-2013.

Roads minister Mike Penning said: “These schemes will deliver vital investment across the strategic road network, driving economic growth and boosting the UK economy.

“They will also provide much-needed additional capacity - easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for road users, including hauliers and commuters. For every pound invested on these schemes on average we will get back £7 of benefits to the economy, with some delivering even higher returns.”

The remaining eight schemes, listed below, will start in 2013/14 or 2014/15.

  • M25 (J5 to J6/J7), managed motorway, Kent to Surrey
  • M25 (J23 to J27) managed motorway, Hertfordshire to Essex
  • M1 (J28 to J31) managed motorway, Derbyshire
  • A556 Knutsford to Bowdon improvement scheme, south of Manchester
  • M60 (J8 to J12) managed motorway, Manchester
  • M60 (J12 to J15) (Lane Gain) managed motorway, Manchester
  • M62 (J18 to J20) managed motorway, Manchester
  • M1 (J39 to J42) managed motorway, Wakefield

The Highways Agency also intends to complete construction work on the following seven schemes worth almost £900m.

  • The A1 Dishforth to Leeming upgrade scheme in North Yorkshire, M1 Catthorpe Viaduct replacement scheme in Rugby and the A3 Hindhead Tunnelling scheme to be completed by 2012.
  • The M25 widening schemes from Buckinghamshire to Hertfordshire and in Essex, the M1 managed motorway in Bedfordshire and A46 Newark to Widmerpool dualling scheme in Nottingham to be completed by 2013.

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