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A303

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements have been made to facilities for users of the A303 in each of the last five years for which records are available. (92049)

Interpreting facilities to mean rest areas, there have been improvements to three picnic sites listed:

Cartgate near Martock:

2005-06: Improvements made to disabled access. New tables with hard standings for wheelchairs were installed and parking bays were improved.

2004-05: Courtyard was extended and cafe facilities were updated.

2002-03: A Tourist Centre was built by a partnership of the Highways Agency and South Somerset District Council.

2001-02: Toilets were cosmetically refurbished.

Devonshire House, near the A30 junction:

2003-04: Public conveniences were permanently removed due to vandalism and to deter regularly reported incidents of antisocial behaviour.

Willoughby Hedge, north of Shaftesbury:

2005-06: New public conveniences were installed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements are planned to facilities for users of the A303. (92050)

Interpreting facilities to mean rest areas, proposals are in place to improve the Buck Services at Longparish on the eastbound carriageway of the A303, east of Andover. Access improvements from the A303 are planned and will be funded by the developer.