DfT confirms Treasury will need to pay for Stonehenge and Lower Thames Crossing

04/02/2019

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed it expects to receive billions in cash from the Treasury under the next Spending Review to pay for the Stonehenge tunnel (pictured) and associated works on the A303, and the Lower Thames Crossing.

The news comes after chancellor Philip Hammond announced an end to existing private finance models in the last Budget, an approach that had originally been slated in to help pay for some or all of the two mega projects.

Highways England boss Jim O'Sullivan had previously told Highways he suspected time had run out to find alternative finance mechanisms for the schemes if they were to be delivered on schedule, suggesting it would have to be paid for directly from the public purse.

He said: 'It will take a period of time to design a new type of public finance mechanism that satisfies the chancellor's requirements for value for money.

'We don't have that time if the A303 is to be opened by 2026 and the Lower Thames Crossing is being talked about being completed by 2027. There is no time to design a new PFI.'

Now Bernadette Kelly, permanent secretary at the DfT has confirmed in a letter to the transport select committee that the two schemes are set to be publicly funded.

'The business cases will be considered in 2019 as planned and the Department is working with HM Treasury to determine the funding route for these schemes as part of this process, but my Department's expectation is that public funding will need to be agreed as part of the spending review.' 

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