Policy paper

Autumn Statement 2016 transport projects

Published 23 November 2016

The government’s next steps in its plan to invest in productivity-enhancing infrastructure includes a commitment to a number of transport projects. This document provides a list of transport projects being allocated funding.

0.1 Local roads and local transport

The government will be investing an additional £1.1 billion in local roads and local transport. Funding will be focused on relieving congestion and delivering important upgrades.

0.2 Strategic roads pinch points

The government is investing £220 million to ease congestion at critical points on the strategic road network. Full details will be announced in due course.

0.3 Future transport technology

The government is providing £390 million in support for the transport technology of the future. This includes £80 million for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and Enhanced Capital Allowances for businesses investing in new charge points, £150 million in support for low emission buses and taxis, £40 million of further support for the Plug-In-Car Grant, £20 million for the development of alternative fuels for HGVs and aviation, and £100 million for new connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing infrastructure.

0.4 Digital rail signalling

The government is providing £450 million to trial innovative new digital rail signalling technology, which could increase capacity and reliability on our railways. Further details will be announced in due course.

0.5 National Infrastructure Commission report on the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor

Last week the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published their interim report into the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor. The government welcomes the report and will commit to an Oxford to Cambridge expressway, providing £27 million in development funding; to bringing forward £100 million to accelerate construction of the East West Rail line western section; and to allocating £10 million in development funding for the central rail section. The government welcomes the NIC’s work to look at a range of delivery models for housing and transport in the corridor, including development corporations, and will carefully consider its recommendations.

0.6 Transport flood resilience

The government is providing £150 million to improve transport flood resilience. £100 million will be invested to make roads more resilient to flooding, including in areas that were affected by flooding last winter. £50 million will be invested in rail resilience projects, including in Axe Valley (Devon), and Dawlish.

0.7 Strategic roads studies

The Department for Transport has carried out studies on 5 strategic roads. As a result, the government is announcing that as part of the second Roads Investment Strategy (2020 to 2025), the A66 will be dualled, the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway will be delivered, and improvements will be made to the M60 North West quadrant. In addition, the government will continue to examine the case for improvements to the A1 in the East of England, and for improving connectivity between Sheffield and Manchester.

0.8 Smart ticketing

£80 million will be allocated to accelerate the rollout of smart ticketing including season tickets for commuters in the UK’s major cities.

0.9 Local Majors Fund

The government is announcing business case development funding for 6 successful bids to the latest competition round of the Local Majors Fund:

  • Suffolk Energy Gateway new road
  • A1079/A164 Jocks Lodge Junction
  • Shrewsbury North West Relief Road
  • Tees Valley East-West connections
  • Sheffield Mass Transit Scheme
  • Warrington Waterfront western link

0.10 Midlands Rail Hub

The government is investing £5 million in development funding for the Midlands Rail Hub, a programme of rail interventions in and around central Birmingham that could provide up to 10 additional trains per hour.