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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the schedule for de-trunking of each road in the non-core network in the next five years is. (257397)

The 1998 Transport White Paper, “A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone”, set in hand a programme of de-trunking to allow the Highways Agency to concentrate on the operation of a strategic road network that links the main centres of population and major transport hubs.

There are four road sections remaining in this de-trunking programme as follows:

The A38 from Minworth (Birmingham) to its junction with the A5 at Weeford Island.

The A63/A19 between the Boot and Shoe roundabout at Micklefield and Loftsome Bridge.

The A65 from M6 junction 36 to the Lancashire/North Yorkshire boundary.

The A40 from Ross-on-Wye to the county of Herefordshire/Gloucestershire boundary.

These road sections are expected to be de-trunked by the end of March 2009 and the de-trunking programme will then be completed.

There are no plans to initiate any similar programme of de-trunking in future years, as distinct from individual de-trunking orders that may be required as a matter of routine following a new road opening, or for operational reasons.