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Second Severn Crossing

Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about the progress of the study for a second Severn crossing.

On 7 February 1984 I announced the setting up of the study and I have today published the report on the first phase which has been received from the consultants Messrs. W. S. Atkins & Partners and G. Maunsell & Partners. Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.As my hon. Friend informed the House on 13 December 1984 at column 578, many possibilities have been investigated for the location and type of river crossing and the link roads to the M4-M5 motorways. The consultants recommended for further study nine crossing options together with 21 route options for linking a new crossing to the existing highway network. The recommended crossing options are all situated south west of the existing bridge and north of Avonmouth and include a mix of bridges, driven tunnels and immersed tunnels.They fall into three broad corridors — one between the existing bridge and the Dun Sands, one across the English Stones and the third corridor south of the English Stones but to the north of Avonmouth.I agree with the consultants' recommendation not to consider further possible crossings north of the existing

Local Authority Capital Expenditure and Income: England
£ million
Gross capital expenditure†3,6693,9263,8063,5183,6284,2064,4563,8964,8755,374
Other expenditure charged to capital account and changes in balances‡1522164044555356128711,1962,0331,519
Financed by:
Contributions from revenue | |183236257285309369454325321277
Government grants and reimbursements128177249255351385318321416397
Transfers from special funds•113142177200256369507380475547
Capital receipts1883024305566207031,1481,5392,3382,306
* Provisional
† Excluding double counting of flows between authorities
‡ Mostly repayment of debt and changes in balances
|| Revenue contributions to capital outlay and uncapitalised expenditure
¶ Including internal loans
• Including advances from capital funds