A130 - A Design, Build, Finance and Operate Project



A130 - A Design, Build, Finance and Operate Project

Authors

O'DONNELL S, Essex County Council, UK

Description

The A130 Bypass project comprises a dual carriageway road from the A12 to the A127. Because of the scheme size, it was decided to develop it in two sections so as to improve its acceptability in the TPP process: the Northern section from the A12 to the A1

Abstract

The A130 Bypass project comprises a dual carriageway road from the A12 to the A127. Because of the scheme size, it was decided to develop it in two sections so as to improve its acceptability in the TPP process: the Northern section from the A12 to the A132 and the Southern section from the A132 to the A127. The justification for the scheme is that it would:

- provide high quality improvement to this section of the strategic primary route;

- provide environmental relief to local communities on existing route;

- reduce "rat running" on unsuitable local roads

- provide South East Essex with the A12, an alternative high quality access route to East Anglia and the Haven Ports for its economy and population of around 500,000; and

- provide with the A12 and AI3, an alternative high quality access route from Essex and East Anglia to crossings of the Thames.

The scheme has been submitted a number of times to the Department of Transport (DOT) for funding through the TIP process. Whilst the DOT have accepted the merits of the scheme and its high net economic benefits, it has not been able to afford the high costs of the scheme. Essex County Council has continued to rank the project its highest priority transport infrastructure improvement and has explored alternative means of achieving the scheme including the design, build, finance and operate approach through the Private Finance Initiative.

Publisher

Association for European Transport