I ATTENDED A BRIEFING THIS WEEK ABOUT A PLANNED “IMPROVEMENT” TO A MOTORWAY JUNCTION AND FOR ME, IT’S A MICROCOSM OF HOW WE SIMPLY CANNOT WEAN OURSELVES OFF PREDICT AND PROVIDE.
It doesn’t matter too much where the scheme is proposed, but it essentially adds a single lane wide, grade separated loop road to an existing junction between a motorway and a trunk road to replace a turning movement on the junction’s roundabout which is always stuffed at peak times.
The road would be around 750m to 1000m in length (as best I can recall) and would have a budget of about £60m; or £96m to £128m per mile (ball park figures you understand). There are all sorts of costs involved including bridges, acquiring land, moving utilities and so on, but already it has a larger budget than the new CS3 in Central London which is about £2.6m per mile. Yes, I am repeating myself again as I am always going on about investment choices.