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Volume 972: debated on Friday 2 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport what priority be attaches to the reconstruction and improvement of the A249 route to the port of Sheerness; and whether its omission from the list of road schemes in the context of the Kent structure plan has occurred because the road is due shortly to become a trunk road; and if he will make a statement.

I understand that the A249 route to Sheerness was omitted by Kent county council from the list of road schemes in its structure plan because of the intended trunking of the road between the M2 and Sheerness. Priority for improvements on this length as a trunk road will be further considered nearer the time when a firm date for trunking is known, but the process of trunking should not in itself cause any delay in necessary improvements to the route.