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A55

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the present target date for the completion of a dual track road from the English border to Bangor along the line of the A55.

Subject to the satisfactory completion of statutory procedures, I hope that the dualling of the A55 will be completed by about 1987–88.

Can my hon. Friend assure us that, despite economic difficulties, this programme will not be allowed to slip? Will he agree that proposals to simplify the statutory procedures might make it easier to keep the programme up to date?

The planned level of expenditure for 1980–81 will enable work to go ahead on those schemes of the A55 which are expected to be ready in that year—the Hawarden bypass and phase I of the Colcon scheme. Expenditure levels for subsequent years will be announced in due course, but we have made it clear that priority will be given to the dualling of the A55.