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PRE-BUDGET REPORT: Hoon announces £1bn transport spend

Secretary of state for transport Geoff Hoon has announced £1 billion worth of spending to be fast-tracked as part of the Government’s Delivering a Sustainable Transport System strategy.

Work totalling £700 million that was due to go ahead in 2010/11 will now be accelerated including:

• Dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool (£100 million – as part of £174 million Government funding overall)

• An additional 200 train carriages to relieve congestion on the Great Western, Northern and Transpennine rail franchises (£300 million)

• Introducing more managed motorways schemes to make best use of our existing motorway capacity (£300 million)

In addition £300 million of new Government funding will be committed to speeding up the delivery of other key schemes including:

• Improvements to the A180/A160 junction to enhance access to Immingham Port (£30 million)

• Technology improvements to enhance traffic flow on the A12 between the M25 and Ipswich, improving access to Felixstowe and Harwich ports (£60 million)

• The South East Manchester relief road, to improve access to Manchester Airport (£165 million)

• Enhancements to the North London Line to enable increased movements of rail freight on this important link (£54 million)

Delivery of the A46, A12, A180/A160 and Access to Manchester Airport schemes is subject to agreeing regional funding contributions and, with the exception of the A12, the completion of statutory planning processes.

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