The policy of transferring to local highway authorities the responsibility for trunk roads that are considered to be non-core was first set out in the White Paper A New Deal for Transport, published in July 1998 (Cm 3950).
Following advice from the Highways Agency, informed by discussions with the relevant authorities, I have now decided that the following route section should be removed from the announced de-trunking programme and remain part of the strategic road network, maintained and operated by the Highways Agency:
A40 in Gloucestershire, from M5 junction 11 to the Herefordshire boundary.
I have written to the appropriate local highway authority and relevant MPs, outlining the reasons for my decision. Copies of these letters have been placed in the Library.