Correspondence and documents relating to the M56-A6 Manchester Aiport Link road

Sian Berry made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty’s Treasury

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From: Sian Berry

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Dear Her Majesty’s Treasury,

I am writing under Freedom of Information legislation to ask for the following information to be released. The information all relates to proposals for a M56/A6 Link road (also known as ‘New link road to Manchester Airport’) as announced in the recent Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I understand that parts of the information requested may be commercially sensitive, and would be prepared for personal details and some data related to private companies to be redacted if absolutely necessary and in the public interest. However, I believe it is in the public interest to release information relating to decisions that involve the spending of public money, especially where the consequences of these decisions will affect the operation of public roads, and public health and wellbeing.

Please note that local authorities and the Department for Transport have made exactly comparable information publicly available as part of the recent ‘Development Pool’ process, where all Transport Business Case, funding and traffic modelling information was required to be released unredacted by local authorities bidding for DfT funding. (see here for more details and a downloadable word document that gives links to all the documents, as released by local authorities: http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/local...)

My request consists of five parts:

1. Copies of all correspondence during 2011 between Treasury officials and ministers and any of the bodies listed below relating to proposals for a M56/A6 Link road (known as ‘New link road to Manchester Airport’ in the Treasury Autumn Statement).
a. the Department for Transport
b. Manchester Airports Group
c. the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (or any of the constituent local authorities)
d. Transport for Greater Manchester

2. A copy of the most recent 5-part Transport Business Case for this road (http://www2.dft.gov.uk/about/howthedftwo...), including the appraisal summary table (http://www.dft.gov.uk/webtag/documents/p...) and all documents associated with the detailed cost-benefit analysis and traffic and transport modelling carried out in the construction of the Business Case. If a full Transport Business Case has not been prepared, please supply any comparable information that was submitted to the Treasury during 2011.

3. A copy of the most recent assessment of the environmental impact of the road (this may be included in the documents released in answer to part 2)

4. A copy of the most recent breakdown of the funding for the road, including contributions by the Treasury (as announced in the Autumn Statement), Manchester Airports Group, any of the local authorities within Greater Manchester, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, and any other third parties.

5. Copies of any agreements signed since 2007 by any of the parties named in part 4 in respect of the funding or management of this road.

Yours faithfully,

Sian Berry

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Her Majesty’s Treasury

Dear Ms Berry

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. I write to confirm receipt of your request and to let you know that it is receiving attention. If you have any enquiries regarding your request do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards

Sian

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Attachment document2012 01 18 171652.pdf
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Dear Ms Berry,

Please find attached our reply to your recent FOI request.

Kind regards

Nick Dippie | Information Rights Unit
HM Treasury| 2/W1, 1 Horse Guards Road, SW1A 2HQ 

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Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Ms Berry

Stockport Council is claiming it has the go ahead for this road, despite just being at the draft business case stage. How really, really strange that this LibDem votewinning road scheme would appear to be being rushed through by LibDem Mr Alexander. I might be wrong; I often am.

http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/docume...

Kind regards

Sheila

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Attachment document2012 02 20 155111.pdf
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Dear Sian Berry,

Please find attached our reply to your recent FOI request.

Kind regards

Nick Dippie | Information Rights Unit
HM Treasury| 2/W1, 1 Horse Guards Road, SW1A 2HQ 

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