HC Deb 18 July 1994 vol 247 c8
6. Sir David Knox

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received concerning the publication "Trunk Roads in England 1994 Review".

Mr. Key

We receive many representations about road improvement schemes from individuals and organisations, the majority of which express concern that it has not been possible to proceed with particular schemes as fast as people would like.

Sir David Knox

Is my hon. Friend aware of the great concern in my constituency about the removal of the Leek-Rushton bypass from the national trunk road programme? What measures does he intend to take to deal with the problem of congestion in Leek, and does he think that the project should be reinstated in the programme?

Mr. Key

I remember very well the representations that my hon. Friend made on behalf of his constituents earlier this year—and I, too, was sorry that the Leek bypass was withdrawn on environmental and economic grounds. But the district council and the Highways Agency are meeting on 22 July to consider a package of local improvement measures for the town and I should not wish to pre-empt those discussions.