To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the second Severn crossing.
The consultants for the project—W. S. Atkins and Partners and G. Maunsell and Partners — are making good progress. A public exhibition has been held at nine different centres on both sides of the estuary and consultations are now under way with affected parties. These consultations will continue during the coming months. The consultants are proceeding with the further technical investigations needed. We hope to be in a position to finalise the proposals in 18–24 months.