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A38 (Cornwall)

Volume 968: debated on Wednesday 20 June 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport what proposals he intends introducing to bring forward the date for the construction of the A38 trunk road improvement, Tamar bridge, Saltash-Trerulefoot section; and if he will make a statement.

The present aim is to begin work in the mid-1980s. I look forward to meeting my hon. Friend and his constituents on 27 June to discuss this matter further.

Will my hon. Friend confirm that the bypassing of bottlenecks in market towns is still a top priority within the Department? Does not he agree that Saltash falls into that category?

I can answer "Yes" to both those questions. I shall consider the impact of the policy on this project and discuss it further when I meet my hon. Friend and a deputation of local authority and chamber of trade representatives which he is bringing to meet me.