§ Mr. Trew
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what were his reasons for deferring the starting date of 110W the Dartford to Swanley link section of the D Ring Motorway; and what is the revised starting date.
§ Mr. Graham Page
The priority for this scheme is closely linked with decisions on the duplication of the Dartford Tunnel and other complementary schemes in the area. As announced today, my right hon. Friend has decided to authorise the construction of a second Dartford Tunnel and it is now planned to start the Swanley Link scheme to match the completion of the tunnel.