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Road Improvements

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which bodies were consulted before he decided not to proceed with (a) the A556M and (b) the improvement to Junction 20 of the M6. [107249]

The Environmental Statutory bodies and the North West Regional Assembly, together with a steering group of local stakeholders consisting of the local highway authority, the freight transport association; CPRE and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities were consulted on the Highways Agency"s A556 Area Study, which considered both the A556 and Junction 20 of the M6.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department last met (i) the Association of Greater Manchester councils, (ii) the Council for the Protection of Rural England, (iii) the North West Regional Assembly, (iv) Cheshire county council and (v) Macclesfield borough council to discuss options for alleviating congestion on the A556. [107253]

Officers from the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA), Cheshire county council, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities were members of the steering group of local stakeholders on the A556 Area Study. They were kept fully informed of developments throughout the study period from February to September 2002. Macclesfield borough council was informed of the study outcome through a meeting with the NWRAfs Key Priorities Group in September 2002.