asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will state the latest progress on the public inquiry into the Ashford-Hollingbourne section of the M20 motorway; when he expects to publish the inspector's report; what is the amount spent on design and construction of this section so far; and when, subject to completion of satisfactory procedures, he hopes to let the main construction contract.
We are considering the inspector's report, which was received in February. I hope to make an announcement and publish the report this summer. Subject to the satisfactory completion of the remaining statutory procedures, we hope to start main construction early next year.The costs to date are as follows:
|Surveys and testing||425,000|
|Advance construction of two bridges||2,527,000|