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M6

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his proposal for M6 widening between junctions 11A and 19 will be subject to a carbon dioxide assessment over a 60-year period before entering into the Targeted Programme of Improvements. (106661)

The M6 widening (11a to 19) scheme is being appraised using DFT’s recently modified standard Transport Analysis Guidance which requires the change in carbon emissions over a 60-year period to be estimated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent evaluation he has made of the (a) environmental and (b) economic effects of his Department's plans to widen the M6 between junctions 11A and 19. (106944)

The Highways Agency is continuing to develop the option to widen the M6 between junctions 11a and 19 following the announcement in July 2006 that further work should focus solely on this rather than the Expressway concept. As part of this development work, further evaluation of the environmental and economic effects of the plans is being undertaken to enable the scheme to be considered for programme entry. Statutory environmental organisations will be consulted in due course as part of this process.