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Highways Agency unveils £98m pinch point schemes – full list

Improvement plans on more than 50 highways schemes worth £98 million have been unveiled today, with work set to come to the market across England.

The Highways Agency has identified 58 schemes where it wants to remove bottlenecks on England’s motorways and major A roads. They will be delivered by March 2015 and the HA says they will bring an estimated £1.4 billion of economic benefit.

This announcement brings the total investment for the 123-scheme pinch point programme to £317m, which includes £100m announced by chancellor George Osborne in the 2012 autumn statement.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This third round of innovative schemes has the potential to help create more than 94,000 new jobs and 61,000 new homes, while making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use these roads every day.”

This third stage features 26 projects developed in conjunction with local enterprise partnerships and local authorities to promote local economic growth.

They include improvements at Salford Circus – part of Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction – which provides access from the M6 to Birmingham City Centre and other important towns and developments. The scheme will reduce congestion at the junction and support delivery of an estimated 13,000 jobs and 850 homes.

The remaining 32 schemes will install new technology to support the logistics industry and wider economic growth by improving driver information, signage and incident clear-up times.

The majority of schemes from the first two stages of the programme are in the detailed design phase with construction due to start soon.

Full list of tranche 3 projects:

North-west

  • M56 junction 7 eastbound

The scheme will add a lane to the eastbound carriageway of the M56. The improvement has the potential to help facilitate the delivery of around 4,780 jobs and 4,300 homes by 2020 and supports access to Manchester airport, a key international gateway.

Cost: £4.2m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • A585 Windy Harbour junction

It is proposed to widen the junction to provide two through lanes in each direction and to improve the pedestrian/cyclist facilities. This will reduce delays and improve safety at this junction.

The improvement will improve access to the development sites described within the Wyre Thornton Area Action Plan and has the potential to help facilitate the delivery of 820 jobs and 1420 homes by 2020.

Cost: £1.3m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • M6 junction 23

Improvements to the signals and layout of this junction will reduce congestion and improve safety. This scheme has the potential to facilitate the creation of 1,000 jobs and 2610 homes in the area by 2020.

Cost: £3.3m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • M6 junction 26

Improvements to the signals and layout of this junction will reduce congestion and improve safety. This scheme will support development as part of the Wigan Local Development Framework, the Mersey Waters Enterprise zone, the Daresbury Enterprise Zone and also the Lancashire Enterprise zone. This scheme has the potential to help facilitate the delivery of 2,000 jobs and 1,400 homes by 2020.

Cost: £1.7m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • M56 Thorley Lane Bridge

Thorley Lane Bridge will be replaced with a wider structure. As well as increasing capacity on this section of the network to reduce delay, it will also allow Metrolink services to cross the M56 into the Davenport Green site, reducing the need to tunnel under the carriageway.

Cost: £5.5m; scheme start: 2014. scheme completion: 2015.

  • M65 junction 5

The scheme involves full signalisation of the junction 5 roundabout.

Cost: £1.4m; scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A585 Bourne Way

It is proposed to signalise Bourne Way junction and widen the A585 between the two junctions. This will allow the northbound right turn at West Drive to be stopped up and allow improvements in pedestrian facilities at both junctions.

Cost: £1.8m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A595 Mirehouse Road junction

It is proposed that the junction be improved with traffic signals added. New pedestrian islands would also improve safety for pedestrians at the junction.
Improvements at this junction will support economic growth in this region and has the potential to help facilitate the delivery of 3,000 jobs and 1,084 homes in the area by 2020.

Cost: £0.55m; Scheme start: 2015. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M57 / M58 interchange

This scheme will provide four variable message signs on the M57 / M58 terminus to reduce congestion.

Cost: £1.01m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M56 / M53 interchange

This scheme involves the installation of four variable message signs; two on the M53 southbound prior to the M56 interchange and two at the westbound end of the M56 prior to the M53/M56 interchange.

Cost: £1.03m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] North West CCTV enhancement

This scheme involves the installation of CCTV at 15 sites across the North West.

Cost: £0.86m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M56 junction 11

This scheme will provide a CCTV camera at junction 11 of the M56.

Cost: £0.13m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M6 junction 16 to junction 19

The M6 junction 16 to 19 is a heavily congested area with a high accident rate. This scheme involves the installation of an additional 12 CCTV complementing the existing technology in the location.

Cost: £1.41m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M6 junction 20 to junction 21 (Thelwall Viaduct)

Thelwall Viaduct is an exposed section of the M6 that is susceptible to severe weather, including high winds. This scheme will provide additional CCTV to address the current gap in coverage, allowing full visibility of both carriageways.

Cost: £0.13m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M62 junction 6

This scheme will provide two CCTV cameras at junction 6 of the M62.

Cost: £0.25m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M6 junction 27 to junction 28

This scheme will install CCTV cameras, increasing the coverage between junctions 27 and 28.

Cost: £0.84m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M56 junction 5

Junction 5 of the M56 is a heavily congested area providing access to Manchester Airport. This scheme will provide three CCTV cameras giving full coverage of the junction and complementing the existing technology in the area.

Cost: £0.37m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] A55 / A483 interchange

This scheme will provide an additional CCTV camera on the junction of the A55/A483, providing coverage of an area with an identified traffic problem.

Cost: £0.13m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] A590 Barrow

There is a lack of diversion routes once drivers are committed to using the A590. This scheme will provide variable message signs at both ends of the A590, near to the M6 junction 36 and on the outskirts of Barrow.

Cost: £0.79m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M6 junction 33

This scheme involves the installation of variable message signs which incorporate CCTV on the northbound and southbound to junction 33 of the M6.

Cost: £1.77m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] M6 junction 35

This scheme involves the installation of variable message signs incorporating CCTV on the northbound and southbound to junction 35 of the M6.

Cost: £2.01m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M56 / M53 Interchange

This scheme will use the recent introduction of a fibre network at the M56 / M53 interchange. Four CCTV cameras will be installed on existing structures in response to requests from the regional control centre.

Cost: £0.47m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015

Yorkshire, Humber and the North-east:

  • M18 junction 5

This scheme involves improvements to the M18 northbound approach and eastbound approach from the new Hatfield Link Road. The proposed scheme at junction 5 will remove a key constraint to the Hatfield Link Road developments.

Cost: £4.5m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • A19/A1231

The improvements at the junction will incorporate the widening to the eastbound approach to the A19/A1231 Wessington Way junction and improvement of the operation of the existing traffic signal arrangement to reduce delays and congestion at this junction.

Cost: £2.59m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] M1 junction 31 to junction 32

The completion of managed motorways schemes between junctions 28 to 31 and 32 to 35a has left inconsistent technology infrastructure and appearance between junctions 31 and 32. In order to provide road users with a consistent journey the current technology infrastructure will be upgraded.

Cost: £2.79m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M18 interchange with M1 to junction 3

The M18 from its interchange with the M1 to junction 3 has been highlighted as an area that would benefit from Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) provision in order to improve safety. The installation of MIDAS would allow slow moving, queuing or stationary vehicles to be detected and advisory speed restrictions displayed automatically. This would be supported by the installation of an additional variable message sign between junctions 2 and 3 to provide text-based information.

Cost: £2.97m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M62 junction 30 to junction 32

This scheme will install variable message signs, Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) and CCTV.

Cost: £9.88m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M62 / M18 Langham interchange

This scheme involves the installation of three CCTV cameras and queue detection technology across the Langham Interchange, located where the M62 at junction 35 meets the M18 at junction7.

Cost: £0.58m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M62 junction 34 to junction 35 (map ref. 5)

This scheme will install CCTV onto two existing variable message signs, utilising the recently extended communications network.

Cost: £0.05m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M62 junction 22 to junction 23

This scheme will install a CCTV camera on an existing variable message sign, providing coverage past Scammonden Rainbow Bridge.

Cost: £0.05m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

Midlands:

  • M6 junction 6 Salford Circus

Traffic lights will be introduced to this junction to reduce rush hour delays. The scheme will improve access to planned housing and employment sites in Birmingham in an area within a 5km radius of M6 junction 6.

Cost: £0.84; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • M54 junction 5 Forge roundabout

Traffic lights will be added to some sections of the roundabout to reduce delays, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours. The scheme will improve access to planned housing and employment sites in Telford and surrounding areas within a 5km radius of the M54 junction 5 roundabout.

Cost: £2.22m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A5 Churchbridge Cannock Island

The improvement will involve undertaking a series of realignments of the carriageways at various approaches and sections of the roundabout to increase capacity during peak periods. The scheme will improve access to planned housing and employment sites in Cannock and North Walsall. The improvement has the potential to help facilitate the delivery of around 6,300 jobs and 1,500 new homes by 2020.

Cost: £2.03m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • A46 Ashchurch and M5 junction 9, Gloucestershire

At Alexander Way the main improvement will involve the provision of an additional through lane on the A46 westbound approach to the junction. Works at Aston Cross will involve the extension and realignment of a right turning lane on the A46 westbound approach.

Cost: £1.65m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A5 Dodwells and Longshoot junctions – Hinckley, Leicestershire

The A5 improvement scheme involves localised widening and putting traffic signals at the Dodwells roundabout with changes to the Longshoot signalised junction. There are significant development proposals in the Hinckley area, principally comprising residential development at Barwell and Earl Shilton (immediately north of Hinckley) and employment opportunities at the MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) site, which has been designated as an Enterprise Zone.

Cost: £4.7m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • M6 junction 16/ A500 in Cheshire/Staffordshire

The improvement will involve the widening of all approaches to the junction and provision of additional traffic signals on the M6 northbound and A500 approaches in both directions.

Cost: £7.5m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A5/A483 Roundabout at Mile End in Shropshire

The improvement will involve increasing the size of the existing roundabout to improve capacity and safety at the junction. This scheme will provide improved access to planned housing and employment sites near the A5/A483 junction at Mile End near Oswestry.

Cost: £3.9m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] A1 Newark

This scheme will provide a variable message sign on the A1 approaching the A1 / A46 junction at Newark and will support the message sign installation scheme on the A46.

Cost: £0.48m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] A46 Newark

This scheme will provide a variable message sign on the A46 approaching the A1 / A46 junction at Newark and will support the proposed message sign installation scheme on the A1.

Cost: £0.32m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] M69 approach to M1 junction 21

This scheme will install two cameras covering the northbound section approaching junction 21 of the M1, an area subject to congestion and stationary traffic during busy periods.

Cost: £0.1m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] M69 junction 1

This scheme will provide two variable message signs on the M69 between junction 1 (A5 Nuneaton) and the M1.

Cost: £0.85m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2013.

  • [Technology scheme] A5 (Hinckley) Low Bridge Warning Signs

This scheme provides three variable message signs on the local road approaches to the A5 junctions nearest the bridge which will be used to warn of the low bridge height.

Cost: £0.18m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2013.

  • [Technology scheme] A453

This scheme will provide two variable message signs, one CCTV, Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) in five locations and six emergency roadside telephones.

Cost: £1.01m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M1 junction 17 to junction 21 (Leicestershire CCTV)

This scheme will provide CCTV at two sites between junctions 17 and 21 of the M1 which will maximise CCTV coverage along that section of the M1.

Cost: £0.1m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

East:

  • A14 westbound junction 32-31

An additional lane will be added on the A14 Histon (junction 32) to Girton (junction 31) route in the westbound direction. This scheme will be linked to the tranche 2 scheme that is being undertaken in the westbound direction. This scheme will support the Northstowe Phase 1 development, which has the potential to create 582 jobs and 1,480 new homes by 2020.

Cost: £3.06m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A1/A47 Wansford southbound slip road

The solution will allow for a two lane exit onto the A47 eastbound carriageway from the A1 southbound exit slip road.

Cost: £0.72m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] A12 South Kelvedon

This is a traffic management scheme that will smooth and manage traffic between Rivenhall End and Easthorpe Road junctions on the A12.

Cost: £1.07m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] A12 South Hughes Corner

This is a traffic management scheme that will smooth and manage traffic from north east of the Four Sisters interchange (A12 junction with B1070) to the south of the A12 junction with the B1029.

Cost: £0.92m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2015.

South-east:

  • M40 junction 4/A404 Handy Cross

The objective of this scheme is to increase the total capacity of the junction, reduce congestion and improve both journey times and the reliability of the junction by improving the traffic signals.

Cost: £0.16m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • M4 junction 10

The objective of the scheme is to improve the links between the M4 and the A329 (M) and to the merges onto the A329(M) to provide increased capacity at the junction.

Cost: £2.48m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] M25 junction 7 to junction 8

This section of the M25 does not yet have the technology required to operate controlled motorways. The installation of that technology in this link will provide continuity and consistency in the operational use of controlled motorways between the currently implemented section which ends at junction 8 and the later upgraded sections between junctions 5 and 7.

Cost: £2.91m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • [Technology scheme] M20 junction 8 to junction 11

This scheme will install CCTV on existing structures between junctions 8 and 11 on the M20.

Cost: £0.25m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

South-west:

  • A40 Longford Roundabout, Gloucester

This scheme will provide part signalisation on the roundabout as queues can become extensive and result in delays.

Cost: £0.23m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A40 Over Roundabout, Gloucester

The proposed scheme is designed to segregate traffic by movement on the westbound approach and reduce overall queue lengths at the roundabout.

Cost: £0.19m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A30 Loggans Moor Roundabout

This scheme will address capacity issues at this location. The A30 north arm of this roundabout will be widened providing two lanes on the approach for approximately 80 metres and also providing a two lane exit on the A30 South arm. This will provide the A30 with additional capacity, alleviating summer queues.

Cost: £0.17m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • M5 junction 27 southbound

The scheme aims to increase the capacity at the junction, reduce delay to users of the trunk road network and improve safety by widening and adding part time signals, removing queuing from the motorway mainline.

Cost: £1.3m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2014.

  • A38 Carkeel Roundabout

The objective of the scheme is to increase capacity to improve the operation and reduce delay at this roundabout to achieve wider benefits in supporting growth at Saltash.

Cost: £1.5m; Scheme start: 2014. Scheme completion: 2015.

  • [Technology scheme] M5 junction 11a to junction 12

This scheme will provide a Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) system and variable message signs between junction 11a and 12 on the M5.

Cost: £3.49m; Scheme start: 2013. Scheme completion: 2014.

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