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Issue:- 24 April 2014

40 North West England infrastructure projects art to get major government investment

 A total of 40 major infrastructure projects are due to start in the North West this year, the government has announced.

Construction work will begin on more than 200 rail, road, local transport, flood defence, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management projects across Great Britain in 2014/2015. More than 200 major projects are also due
to be completed this year, including 45 in the North West.

The sch
emes due to start construction this year are part of a £36 billion planned investment, which is made up of £5 billion from the public sector, £21 billion from the private sector and £10 billion from joint public and private investment.

They include the Mersey Gateway which will see a new 6 lane suspension bridge being built over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. Work on the £589 million project is due to start this month, with the government contributing £215 million towards the scheme.

The national schemes are expected to support over 150,000 jobs in construction and many thousands more in other sectors following completion. This includes the start of a £38 billion programme of rail spending over the next 5 years.

The £600 million 'Northern Hub' rail project began last month and includes electrification, new platforms, additional track and upgraded stations across the North.

The investment will increase the capability of the network between Manchester and other major towns and cities, providing
space for 700 extra trains every day and 44 million more passengers a year.

The wider economic benefits are estimated at over £4 billion to the region, with the potential to create between 20,000 and 30,000 jobs. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:- "Ensuring Britain has first class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long term economic plan: supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people. This Government is backing business with better infrastructure so that more jobs and opportunities are created for hardworking people, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families."

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:- "As part of our long term economic plan, we are investing in infrastructure around the country to create a more balanced, resilient economy. Because of the tough decisions we have taken in day to day spending, we can prioritise public investment where it is most needed and create the right conditions for private investment in infrastructure where it brings value for the taxpayer. So this year over 200 new projects; worth an estimated £36 billion – are due to start, creating thousands of jobs, securing future growth and delivering the world class infrastructure Britain deserves."

If you did not know, the £36 billion of public and private investment is the projected infrastructure investment for 2014 to 2015 in the published infrastructure pipeline, which is in 2012 to 2013 prices and can be found online.

These are following projects are due to start in the North West in 2014/15:-

A556 Knutsford to Bowdon

Manchester Smart Motorways, M60 J8 to M62 J20

A5036 / Bridge Road Improvement, Sefton

A55 / A483 Interchange

A585 Bourne Way

A585 Windy Harbour Junction Improvement

A590 Barrow

A595 Mirehouse Rd Junction Signalisation

M56 / M53 Interchange

M56 J7 EB Merge

M56 Junction 11 Daresbury Improvement

M56 Junction 5

M56 Thorley Lane Bridge

M57 / M58 Interchange

M6 J26 East Roundabout

M6 J32 Northbound Widening and M55 J1 Signals, Preston

M6 Junction 16 to Junction 19

M6 Junction 17 Sandbach Improvement, Cheshire East

M6 Junction 20 to Junction 21 (Thelwall Viaduct)

M6 Junction 23 enhancements

M6 Junction 27 to Junction 28

M6 Junction 35

M61/A580 Merge

M62 Junction 6

M65 Junction 5

Crewe Green link Southern Section

Mersey Gateway Bridge

A500 Widening Scheme

A57 Hyde Road Localised Widening

Cutacre (Logistics North) - M61 Junction 4/Watergate Lane/A6 Salford Road Junction

M57 Extensions A5300 Knowsley Expressway - Access to Opportunity and Employment

M57 Hyde Road Localised Widening (between Far Lane and Reddish Lane)

Salford Central - Irwell Street Junction

Greater Manchester - Construction Phase

Crossens Pumping Station Refurbishment

Croston Village FAS

Gategill Beck, Threlkeld

Northwich Town Centre

Salford Flood Alleviation Improvements

Wigan Council Waste to Energy Project

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