HC Deb 10 March 1965 vol 708 cc398-9
23. Sir P. Agnew

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in the light of the report to him by the Worcestershire County Council as to the routeing of the proposed Evesham bypass road, he is now able to announce his decision; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Swingler

The council's surveyor has reported on two possible routes for the bypass but the results of a traffic survey are still awaited. We are not yet able to announce a decision or make a statement about the route.

Sir P. Agnew

May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether the hon. Gentleman is aware that, if progress was not very rapid during the previous Administration, the much vaunted dynamism of the present Government is not showing itself in dealing with this problem? Can he give a clearer idea as to when he expects that a decision will be given by his Ministry, so that the citizens of Evesham can plan their town and be taken out of their present uncertainty?

Mr. Swingler

An origin and destination survey is now in progress. It is a matter which is extremely complicated. We expect to have the statistical and other results of this survey in the spring. They will then be studied as quickly as possible, and we hope shortly after that to be able to announce the route.

Mr. Mitchell

I wonder if the Minister could make any statement in respect of Andover?

Mr. Swingler

Not on this Question.