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Transport: Thornbury and Yate

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 40048, tabled on 8 June 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on transport infrastructure projects in Thornbury and Yate constituency in each year from 2010-11 to 2015-16.

Answered on

14 June 2016

Data on spend on transport infrastructure projects is not available at the level of Thornbury and Yate, however figures are available for the South West for total public transport spend, listed in Table 1.

Table 1 Total Public Transport Spend for the South West

£million

2010-11
outturn

2011-12
outturn

2012-13
outturn

2013-14
outturn

2014-15
outturn

Total

1,115

997

987

928

1,047

Current

442

396

368

295

279

Capital

673

601

619

633

767

Note: includes spend by Central Government, Local Government, and Public Corporations

The figures above include all public transport spending including local transport infrastructure.

South Gloucestershire Council is responsible for local transport infrastructure in Thornbury and Yate, including local roads. The funding allocated to South Gloucestershire Council for local highways infrastructure and other transport schemes between 2010-11 and 2015-16 is listed in Table 2.

Table 2

Year

Integrated Transport block £m

Highways Maintenance block £m

2010/11

1.690

14.334*

2011/12

1.603**

4.373

2012/13

1.466

4.632

2013/14

1.466

5.108***

2014/15

2.061

4.549***

2015/16

1.277

5.080

Total

9.563

38.076*

* in 2010/11 South Gloucestershire formed part of the Greater Bristol (Joint Plan) area and it is not possible to breakdown the maintenance block figure for that year.

** includes the top up announced in the 2011 Autumn Statement.

*** includes the top up announced in the 2011 Autumn Statement.

South Gloucestershire Council have been successful in gaining the following funding for transport infrastructure projects, some of which will have benefitted the Thornbury and Yate constituency:

  • £13.950m from the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund in March 2015 for major maintenance of the A4174 Avon Ring Road between the A38 at Filton and the A4 at Hicks Gate. The scheme will involve structural maintenance of three significant structures, extending the life of the existing carriageway, as well as providing footways and cycleway maintenance and enhancements.
  • The Department for Transport has invested £175.8m in six Local Major Transport schemes to provide bus rapid transport across the West of England which included £51.1m in 2015 to provide a route between South Gloucestershire and Bristol, this is now under construction with an estimated opening date of August 2017.

The West of England Partnership has allocated the following from the Local Growth Fund to transport schemes across the West of England, which will benefit the Thornbury and Yate constituency:

Sustainable Transport Programme - £20m for transport capital measures to make it easier to walk, cycle, and travel by public transport

West of England local pinch points programme - £4m for 3 schemes at congestion hotspots and provide new and improved access to key economic sites.

West of England minor transport schemes package £0.5m - to improve highway infrastructure and network management.

MetroWest Phase 1 £53.4m- to reopen the Portishead rail line and provide better local rail services in the West of England.

MetroWest Phases 2 £3.2m towards a rail scheme to reopen the Henbury line, with potential new stations and improved local rail services in the West of England.