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A11 (Suffolk)

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has for improving the A11 at Red Lodge in Suffolk;(2) what estimates he has made of the relative cost of bypassing Red Lodge on the A11 in Suffolk and of dualling the existing road;(3) if he will publish in the

Official Report the cost-benefit comparisons he has made of a bypass on the A11 of Red Lodge, Suffolk, along the route he proposed 10 years ago, and of dualling the existing route through Red Lodge, indicating the land to be required for each of these options, the lengths and approximate costs of the roads required to be constructed in each case, the numbers of properties liable to be disturbed in each case, and any other relevant comparisons.

I shall answer these three questions together. Plans for improving the A11 at Red Lodge are in the trunk road programme for a start of works between April 1987 and March 1989. At the time of public consultation the Department's preferred option was to dual the existing road, but in the light of public comment a bypass is being considered. The estimated costs are £2·3 million for on-line dualling and £3 million for a bypass. I hope to announce our preferred solution early next year and all the relevant supporting information will be made available at that time.