Bypass costs may reach £315 million
23rd July 2008 -- for immediate release
Revised figures, published last week by the Department for Transport
, now estimate the A628 Mottram Tintwistle bypass
to cost between £223 and £315 million, a 20% to 71% increase
on the £184 million estimate published in March 2007 .
The scheme first entered the Government's Targeted Programme of Improvements
(TPI) in 2001 at an estimated £90 million. If the scheme is to go
ahead, additional funding to cover the cost increases will have to be
found via the North West's regional funding allocation, which is already
considerably over budget. This comes on top of a recent review of local
road schemes, which revealed a 54% increase in the cost of the Glossop
Spur to over £11 million . The costs were revised
as part of a wider review of road scheme costs by the DfT in response
to criticisms raised in the Nichols Report last year .
"If this scheme goes ahead we can have no doubt this Government are committed to business-as-usual while the reality of climate change and an ever-rising oil price beat down the door. The inquiry has so far been a shambles and a total waste of tax payers money . These new figures show what we already know: that road building is not a magic bullet to solve local transport problems but a rod for the Government's back. Hopefully someone in Government will see these new figures and finally have the good sense to scrap plan for a bypass and invest instead in sustainable transport alternatives.
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