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Bypasses

Volume 81: debated on Friday 28 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number of bypasses built on trunk road schemes in each of the last 10 years, giving the annual expenditure by his Department on such schemes.

The information requested is as follows:

Number of by-passes (including Relief Roads) completedExpenditure*£m (cash)
1975–7623107
1976–7716104
1977–781171
1978–79957
1979–80770
1980–81493
1981–827106
1982–831192
1983–84773
1984–8510112
* These figures show total annual expenditure on the national road by-pass programme.
In 1975–76 the 130 bypass schemes in the programme amounted to 26 per cent. of the forward national programme. This year the 170 schemes amount to 50 per cent.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the number of bypass approvals to trunk roads agreed by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

The number of bypasses, including relief roads, added to the national road construction programme in England is as follows:

Number
1976–7717
1977–78
1978–7910
1979–80
1980–818
1981–8215
1982–8313
1983–8415
1984–855
1985–86*25
* To date.
Other schemes in the programme, including M25, also have a bypassing effect, while many schemes relieve more than one community of through traffic.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many towns on trunk roads in the United Kingdom do not have bypasses; and what was the equivalent number in 1979.

In May 1979 there were 503 town and village communities on national roads in England that did not have a bypass. That figure now stands at 391 communities, for which schemes to bypass 280 are already included in my forward construction programme. Responsibility for national roads elsewhere in the United Kingdom rests with my right hon. Friends.