To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what considerations underlay his decision to publish only section 12 of the cost-benefit analysis used in selecting his Department's preferred option of a bridge, rather than a tunnel, for the A102 Blackwall third crossing; if he intends to publish this analysis in full before the end of the consultation phase; and if he will make a statement.
Copies of the full technical appraisal report for the A102 Blackwall third crossing river bridge are available for inspection at the Department's London docklands division, South Quay Plaza II, 183 Marsh wall, London. El4 9SH. As he requested, I sent the hon. Member an advance copy of section 12 which deals solely with the cost benefit analysis. He is now being sent a copy of the full report.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 17 May, Official Report, column 4, at what stage of a scheme a formal environmental assessment is prepared; when he expects to have one completed on the preferred option of a bridge for the A102 Blackwall third crossing; if he intends to make public this assessment; and if he will make a statement.
Environmental assessments are carried out throughout the development of highway schemes. The formal environmental impact assessment is prepared and published with the draft orders for the chosen scheme. In the case of the proposed third river crossing at Blackwall, this is expected to be in about two years time.