Crossens Pumping Station Refurbishment among 40 North West Projects with major Government Investment April 22nd, 2014 admin Latest News Latest Notices Shares Comments 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 schemes 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 six-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 five 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.” The 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 & 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 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!