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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public consultations he plans to hold on the widening of the M6 motorway between junctions 11a and 19. (96306)

An extensive M6 widening public consultation is scheduled for the end of autumn 2007 supported by exhibitions at a number of locations along the route of the scheme. Exhibitions will be staffed by Highways Agency officers and their consultants.

Plans will be used to illustrate the widening proposals and any alternatives. A wide range of supporting information will also be available at each exhibition.

A detailed consultation plan will be developed and placed on the Highways Agency’s M6 J11A-19 website well in advance of consultation taking place. An outline consultation plan is scheduled to be available at the time of TPI Entry scheduled for spring 2007. The route and design detail shown in the consultation will be indicative only and subject to the outcome of the consultation.