Work on 14 major road schemes will commence by 2015

The Highways Agency has published a forward timeline for construction of 14 major road schemes worth £1.4bn. According to the timetable work on all sites will commence by 2015.

Works on three projects will begin within the next year; a further three are scheduled for 2012/13 with construction on the remaining eight schemes to start before 2016.

The first three schemes to get underway will be improvements to the M62 in West Yorkshire, the M4/M5 around Bristol and the A23 in West Sussex.

The three scheduled for 2012/13 are the M1 near Sheffield, M6 around Birmingham and A11 in Norfolk.

All schemes will be delivered under the Agency’s target of reducing costs for capital major projects by 20% against original estimates.

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

“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 will start in 2013/14 or 2014/15. They include:

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