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Cycle Lanes

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his most up-to-date estimate of the additional cost to public funds of incorporating a cycle lane on the second Severn bridge.

The most recent estimate, provided in 1988, put the cost of incorporating a cycle lane in the second Severn bridge at almost £10 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding cycle lanes on the second Severn crossing.

Representations have been received from cycling organisations, including Cyclebag and the Cyclists Touring Club, requesting that the second Severn crossing include provision for cyclists.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will incorporate a cycle lane in the second Severn road bridge.

No, it is not the intention that a cycle lane should be incorporated in the second Severn road bridge.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the decision to omit a cycle lane from the design of the second Severn bridge was made.

When tenders were invited in spring 1989 for the design and construction of a second Severn crossing, my Department suggested to tenderers that they should consider incorporating cycling facilities, although it was not a firm requirement that such facilities should be provided. None of the tenderers put forward proposals for a cycle lane on the new crossing.