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Bottesford Bypass

Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will list the reasons for his failure to publish draft orders for the A52 bypass round Bottesford, Leicesterhire, following the announcement on the preferred route in December 1982, the public exhibition in July 1983 and the reply by the Minister of State on 31 July 1984 that orders would be published in the spring of the current year; and whether he will now expedite this matter.

The delay in publishing the draft orders for the A52 bypass, Bottesford, has been caused by lengthy negotiations about the future of a disused railway line which the preferred route crosses. I can confirm what I said in my answer of 1 April that we expect to publish the draft orders this summer. Despite our efforts, a spring publication could not be achieved.