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A21

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Highways Agency has to hold a public consultation on the proposed A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge; and if he will make a statement. (90251)

A public consultation was held from November 2002 to March 2003 on proposals to upgrade the A21 between Tonbridge to Pembury, Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst and Flimwell to Robertsbridge.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on public consultations on the proposed A21 upgrade in 2005; and if he will make a statement. (90252)

The Highways Agency's costs on public consultations for the proposed A21 upgrade in 2005 was nil. Public consultation on this scheme was in previous years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role the Highways Agency has in issuing draft orders for the proposed A21 upgrade; and if he will make a statement. (90253)

We announced our response to the advice from the south east region about its major scheme priorities to 2011 on 6 July. As part of this, we have accepted the region's advice to include the A21 Tonbridge Bypass to Pembury Dualling, the A21 Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst Bypass and the A21 Baldslow Junction Improvement within the programme of schemes that we expect to be taken forward in the south east in the next five years, subject to the completion of all the statutory procedures, available funding and compliance with the Department's scheme appraisal requirements.

The Highways Agency will publish draft Orders on behalf of the Secretary of State in accordance with the individual scheme programmes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public complaints the Highways Agency has received regarding compulsory purchase orders along the route of the proposed A21 upgrade. (90254)

No Compulsory Purchase Orders have been published for the route of the proposed A21 upgrade.