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Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will indicate his best estimate of the relevant timings of events concerned with the routing and construction of the replacement A30 between Honiton and Exeter.

The Department expects to publish its proposals at about the end of the year. A public inquiry, which will, no doubt, be necessary, could be held in 1991. Subject to the satisfactory completion of the statutory procedures I expect construction work to start in 1993 and then to take up to two years to complete.