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Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport why he is no longer able to give a date for the completion of the missing Chilworth to Hedge End section of the M27 motorway; and what is the annual cost disbenefit of the failure to complete.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 20 November—[Vol. 974, c. 130–31.] Until the review has been completed I cannot give any indication about the timing of individual schemes apart from the M25, which has overall priority. The loss of user benefits in not completing the Chilworth to Hedge End section of the M27 is estimated to be about £1·3 million a year.