The 2016 Budget
Highways England Innovation Strategy
Includes establishing a £15 million ‘connected corridor’ from London to Dover to enable vehicles to communicate wirelessly with infrastructure
Accelerating improvements to the M62
The government will provide an additional £161 million to Highways England to accelerate the delivery of two major projects to upgrade the M62 to a 4-lane smart motorway between J10-12 Warrington to Eccles and junction J20-25 Rochdale to Brighouse.
Large Major Transport Projects
The government will provide £151 million to fund new river crossings at both Lowestoft and Ipswich (subject to final business case approval), and is now inviting further bids for the £475 million Local Majors Fund announced at Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015.
Pothole Action Fund
The government is setting out how the Pothole Action Fund will be allocated across England in 2016-17, with £50 million allowing local authorities to fill nearly a million potholes.
The government will provide £80 million which, together with a contribution from London, will allow Crossrail 2 to be fully developed with the aim of depositing a Hybrid Bill within this Parliament.
Northern Rail improvements
The government will take forward the recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission and allocate £60 million to develop options for High Speed 3 between Leeds and Manchester, as well as options for improving other major city rail links. The government will also allocate a further £4 million to develop HS2 Growth Strategies for Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, and Leeds stations as part of an integrated long-term plan for HS3.
Support for renewable electricity
The government will auction up to £730 million support for offshore wind and other less established renewable technologies this Parliament for projects generating electricity in 2021 to 2026. The first auction will offer £290 million.
Flood defence package
Flood defence and resilience funding will be increased by more than £700 million by 2020-21, funded by a 0.5% increase in the standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax. In addition to this, the government will spend a further £130 million on repairing transport infrastructure damaged by Storms Desmond and Eva.
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