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Weymouth Relief Road

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he has approved the building of the Weymouth Relief Road; (77774)

(2) what funding has been allocated for building the Weymouth Relief Road in each of the next 10 years.

The Weymouth Relief Road was provisionally accepted for funding through the Local Transport Programme with an agreed contribution of £54.567 million in December 2003, subject to Dorset county council completing the relevant statutory processes and complying with the conditions in our offer of funding.

In July 2005 we invited the South West region to provide advice on the priority it attaches to major transport schemes in the South West, including the Weymouth Relief Road, within an indicative Regional Funding Allocation up to 2015-16. We hope to announce our response to this advice before the summer recess.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans the building of the Weymouth Relief Road to start; and when it is scheduled to be completed. (77775)

Dorset county council, as the promoting authority for this scheme, is responsible for its delivery including completion of the necessary statutory procedures and compliance with the Department's major scheme requirements. We hope to respond before the summer recess to the region's advice on their priorities and suggested funding timescales for this and other schemes within the indicative Regional Funding Allocation for the South West.