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Volume 670: debated on Wednesday 2 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the present timetable for the construction of a road tunnel for the A3 at Hindhead. [HL1458]

Further to the outcome of the Government's Spending Review 2004, it was announced on 1 December 2004 that the A3 Hindhead tunnel scheme has been classified as a scheme of regional importance to be progressed for future construction. The main works are currently programmed to start in the financial year 2008–09, subject to the availability of funds.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Using current Highways Agency methodology, what is the best estimate of the annual cost of traffic delays that would be avoided by constructing a tunnel at Hindhead. [HL1461]

The estimated annual savings in traffic delay costs that the tunnel scheme would bring in the previously assumed opening year of 2009 would be £10 million at 1998 prices.The traffic delay cost savings were calculated using the computer programme TUBA (Transport User Benefits Assessment) in accordance with standard procedures.

asked Her Majesty's Government:What points of congestion there are on the A3 from the M25 to the M27/A27 other than at Hindhead. [HL1462]

The only other major source of congestion on the A3 between the M25 and M27/A27 is at Guildford.

asked Her Majesty's Government:How many deaths or serious injuries they estimate have been avoided by the construction of the grade separated junction on the A3 at Thursley near Hindhead. [HL1463]

It was estimated that over a 30 year evaluation period the grade separated junction scheme on the A3 at Thursley would save about 145 accidents including 10 deaths and 45 seriously injured as a result of the associated gap closures of the central reserve.