EEH releases major road network bids totalling £720m

29/07/2019
Dominic Browne

England's Economic Heartland (EEH) has released its final list of scheme bids for the first five-year programme (2020-2025) of the major road network (MRN).

Sub-national transport bodies were tasked with producing a lit of 10 priority schemes for the fund by this summer. EEH has outlined 11, although two of the schemes appear related as they are both on the A10 Ely to Cambridge.

The Government has allocated £3.5bn for 2020-2025 to pay for the new major roads network and large local major roads schemes together.

EEH's total bid programme comes in at £718.44m.

Schemes

Bedford Western Bypass Dualling 

Pre-Strategeic Outline Business Case (SOBC) submitted with capital cost of £48m. Planned construction 2024-2026. Match funding not committed but may be secured through CIL/S106/LGF.

Aylesbury Eastern Link Road Dual Carriageway 

SOBC submitted with capital cost of £91.25m. Planned construction 2022-2024. Funding contributions expected.

A10 Corridor Scheme, Broxbourne (Hertfordshire)

Pre-SOBC with capital cost of £39.9m. Planned construction 2023-2024. Match funding committed to provide detail design work to progress junction improvements.

Vauxhall Way Improvements (Luton)

SOBC submitted with capital costs of £26.59m. Planned construction 2022-2024. Funding identified to produce OBC but further economic evidence required.

Century Park Access Road Phase 2 (Luton)

Capital cost of £71.5m. Planned construction 2023-2025. Some significant risks but strategic economic fit remains undoubted.

A5 Towcester Relief Road

Pre-SOBC submitted with capital cost of £42.9m. Planned construction 2021-2023.

A43 Northampton to Kettering Phase 3

Pre-SOBC submitted with capital cost of £23m. Planned construction 2023-2024.

A509 Isham Bypass (Northamptonshire) 

Pre-SOBC submitted with capital cost of £49.7m. Planned construction 2022-2024. Match funding from Local Authority and third party, but the majority sought from the Department for Transport.

A1139 University Centre Peterborough Access

Pre-SOBC submitted with capital cost of £24.6m. Planned construction 2023-2024.

Ely to Cambridge A10 Improvement (Dualling)

LLM scheme with pre-SOBC submitted. Capital cost of £264m. Planned construction 2024-2026.

Ely to Cambridge A10 Junction Improvements

Pre-SOBC submitted with capital cost of £37m. Planned construction is subject to development.

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