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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 11 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give details of his road construction programme for 1990–91.

Following publication of the report "Trunk Roads, England" in February, the latest information for the current financial year is as follows:

  • 10 contracts have been let (value £101 million).
  • 11 contracts have been advertised in the Official Journal (value £114 million).
  • 18 further contracts are expected to be let, subject to satisfactory completion of statutory processes (estimated value £260 million).
  • 59 schemes are currently under construction (value £1,384 million).
A list of these schemes will be placed in the Library and sent to contractors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the new roads which have been built in each of the last five years in (a) areas of outstanding natural beauty, (b) sites of special scientific interest and (c) national parks.

DateAreas of outstanding natural beautySites of special scientific interest
1985–86M25 Leatherhead—ReigateM3 Popham—Bar End
M3 Popham—Bar End
M25 Swanley—Sevenoaks
1986–87A34 East Ilsley—ChiltonA483 Oswestry BP
1987–88A39 Bideford BPA36 Heytesbury BP
A303 Furze Hedge
A2 Barham Crossroads
1988–89A35 BridportA650 Airedale 1
A35 DorchesterA65 Settle/Giggleswick BP
A303 Ilminster BPA361 North Devon Link Road
A417 Birdlip BP
A34 Whitway Diversion
1989–90A36 Steeple Langford BP
All Thetford BP
A46 Coventry Eastern BP1
1 Designated after work on site started.
The Okehampton bypass completed in 1988–89 is the only scheme to pass through national park land in recent years.