To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rural bypasses have been authorised over the last three years; what is their total mileage; and what proportion are proposed as dual carriageway.
Since 1 January 1985, orders have been made for 40 bypasses on national roads, with a total length of nearly 170 miles. Of these 15 (37·5 per cent.) are dual carriageway schemes, with a further five (12·5 per cent.) of mixed dual and single carriageway standard.