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Twelve transport schemes survive Treasury cuts

Twelve major Department for Transport schemes, initially approved for funding by the previous Labour government, have survived the coalition’s latest round of cuts.

The schemes re-approved by the government include the Luton-Dunstable guided busway, on which Bam Nuttall is undertaking the £90m main contract, and the Twin Sails Bridge project, which Hochtief is contracted to build, in Poole, Dorset.

Other projects, which were approved between January 2010 and the General Election, on the list are the £18m maintenance project on the Silver Jubilee Bridge, which links Runcorn and Widnes across the Mersey, the Tyne and Wear Metro and the £121m Manchester Metrolink upgrade.

The full list of projects is as follows:

  • Luton-Dunstable Busway (Luton)
  • A130/A13 Sadlers Farm Junction (Essex)
  • Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements (Tees Valley LAs)
  • Metrolink Extn - Ashton - E Didsbury (Greater Manchester)
  • Edge Lane / Eastern Approaches (Liverpool)
  • Bidston Moss Viaduct (M53 J1) Maintenance (Merseyside)
  • Poole Bridge (Poole)
  • A41 Expressway (Sandwell)
  • A65 QBC (Leeds)
  • Silver Jubilee Bridge Maintenance (Halton)
  • Tyne and Wear Metro
  • M1 J19 Catthorpe Viaduct Replacement