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A21: Baldslow

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the implementation of the Baudslow link improvement on the A21 will be accelerated; (143771)

(2) if he will make a statement on the delivery of the Baldslow link improvement on the A21; and whether it will be brought forward to be delivered in parallel with the Bexhill to Hastings link road;

(3) when he expects the Baldslow link improvement to be delivered; and whether funding has been allocated for its construction.

The A21 Baldslow Link trunk road improvement is being promoted by the Highways Agency and is a complementary scheme to the Bexhill - Hastings Link Road which is being promoted by East Sussex county council. The Baldslow Link has been prioritised by the south east region for funding from the Regional Funding Allocation with a start of works in 2010-11. It is currently intended that the Baldslow Link would start construction at about the time the Bexhill Hastings Link Road opens to traffic. While planning of the scheme is currently on time, the Highways Agency will seek to improve on this.