Autumn Statement 2011 – Key transport announcements


The Government will invest over £1 billion (of which around £900 million will be in the Spending Review 2010 period) to tackle areas of congestion and improve the national road network, including:

  • £270 million for two new managed motorway schemes to allow use of the hardshoulder at congested times on the M3 and M6;
  • £150 million for improvements to the M1/M6 intersection, £110 million for the A14 Kettering Bypass, £160 million for widening the A453 and £110 million for the A45/46 Tollbar End improvement scheme; and
  • £220 million for smaller projects which will deliver significant improvements on the road network, such as removing bottlenecks and improving safety and road layout.

More than £1.4 billion will be invested in railway infrastructure and commuter links, including:

supporting Network Rail to deliver £290 million to electrify the Transpennine railway route from Manchester to Leeds, and £270 million for a rail link between Oxford and Bedford;

supporting Network Rail to deliver £390 million of enhancement and renewal works to improve stations and rail infrastructure, improve resilience against extreme weather and tackle problems more quickly; and the Government funding improvements to the quality of travel for rail users, including

 £45 million to extend smart ticketing across London and the South-East,

 £80 million to support the Southern Rail franchise’s procurement of 130 new carriages, and £290 million to limit the increase to regulated rail and Transport for London fares in January 2012 to the Retail Prices Index (RPI) plus one per cent.

The Government will commit £170 million of extra funding to allow more local transport projects to go ahead, including the Kingskerswell Bypass in Devon, the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and Manchester Cross City Bus, and will write down £150 million of debt on the Humber Bridge, which will halve the tolls for cars.

In addition, £50 million will be made available to replace the Caledonian Sleeper fleet, to improve on-train facilities. The funding is subject to the Scottish Government agreeing to co-fund the replacement and provide the remainder of the funding. The Government will also engage with the Welsh Government on improvements to the M4 in south east Wales.

A14 challenge – The Government will examine ways to increase the long-term capacity and performance of the A14 with the launch in early December 2011 of a large-scale engagement programme: ‘the A14 Challenge’. By spring 2012, it will have developed and assessed proposals including capacity enhancements on the Fen Ditton to Ellington section of the road. The Government will also look at the scope to relieve congestion by improving other modes including local roads, freight facilities and public transport. It will consider whether improvements can be funded through innovative financing mechanisms including tolling. This work will support the proposed development of new homes in Northstowe, Waterbeach and Alconbury. The Government will also consider tolls to fund other road infrastructure if appropriate.

The Government also commits to build a new crossing across the Lower Thames, with the Government launching analysis of three options to inform a consultation in 2013. The Government will also explore the options for tackling pressures at Junction 30 of the M25 and on the A13 corridor as part of that analysis; and support the development of the London Gateway port, which is forecast to create 12,000 jobs, by helping the developer identify sufficient traffic management measures that, once formalised, will enable the next phase to proceed within a variation to the existing planning consent.

Fuel duty, rail fares and air passenger duty

Given the current high cost of fuel, to support motorists and businesses, the Government announces that the 3.02 pence per litre (ppl) fuel duty increase that was due to take effect on 1 January 2012 will be deferred to 1 August 2012, and the inflation increase that was planned for 1 August 2012, currently expected to be worth 1.92ppl, will be cancelled. This will ensure that there will only be one RPI increase next year. The 5ppl discount for the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the islands in the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly will, in addition, come into force on 1 March 2012. The Government will publish details of the design of the fair fuel stabiliser at Budget 2012.

The Government recognises the pressures that businesses and passengers are under as a result of public transport fares. The Government has decided to limit the increase to Transport for London and regulated rail fares to RPI plus one per cent for one year from January 2012.

Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates will increase from 1 April 2012, as set out at Budget 2011. The Government will also proceed with the extension of APD to flights taken aboard business jets, effective from 1 April 2013. Details will be set out in the Government’s response to the APD consultation on 6 December 2011. As announced on 27 September 2011, APD will be cut for passengers travelling on direct long-haul routes departing from airports in Northern Ireland, effective from 1 November 2011. To provide a lasting solution, the Government has launched a parallel process to devolve aspects of APD to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Regional detail

In detail by region including some previously announced:


Electrification of the Transpennine Express

Tees Multimodal Bio-Freight Terminal


Accelerating M1 junction 39 to 42 scheme

A164 Humber Bridge to Beverley

A18-A180 Link (NE Lincolnshire)

A6182 White Rose Way Improvement Scheme (Doncaster)

Access York Park & Ride – Two new park and ride sites

Leeds Rail Growth – Two new railway stations: Kirkstall Forge and Appley Bridge

Supertram additional vehicles (Sheffield)

Electrification of the Transpennine Express

Improved access to the Sheffield Gateway

Humber Bridge toll reduction


Electrification of the Transpennine Express

M56 at Manchester Airport link road to A6 south of Stockport

Completion of Western gateway Enabling Scheme at Port Salford

Expansion of Mersey Multimodal Gateway

Crewe Green Link Southern Section

Manchester Cross City Bus

Rochdale Interchange

Mersey Gateway Bridge

Reinstating Todmorden Curve


Lincoln Eastern Bypass

A43 Corby Link Road

Hucknall Town Centre Improvement Scheme

London Road Bridge (Derby)

Widening the A453 between Nottingham, the M1 and Nottingham East Midlands Airport

M1/M6 Junction 19 major road improvements

Development consent granted for a scheme to improve the A1 at Elkesley

Widening the A14 Kettering Bypass between junctions 7 and 9


M6 managed motorway scheme between Birmingham and Manchester

A45 Westbound Bridge (Solihull) – Replacement bridge over the West Coast Main Line close to Birmingham Airport on the A45 strategic corridor into Birmingham

Evesham Bridge Maintenance (Evesham) – Rebuilding of the main bridge into Evesham from the South

A45/46 Tollbar End improvement scheme

A45 Corridor (Damson Parkway to M42 junction 6) diversion


New Lower Thames Crossing

A14 in Cambridgeshire

M1 Junction 10a improvement


M3 in Surrey – managed motorway scheme Replacement of Northern Road Bridge (Portsmouth)

New M275 Tipner Interchange (Portsmouth)

130 additional carriages for the Southern rail franchise in south London

New rail link between Oxford and Bedford


Bus Rapid Transit scheme from Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (Bristol)

Kingskerswell By-pass (Devon/Torbay)

South Bristol Link Phases 1&2


Northern Line extension to Battersea

Acceleration of M25 junction 23 to 27 scheme

Thames Tideway Tunnel


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