§ Sir Bernard Braine
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has yet decided upon a route for the motorway linking the proposed Maplin airport and London; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Heseltine
My right hon. Friend has appointed Messrs. Brian Colquhoun and Partners, consulting en158W gineers, to carry out a study into routes for the motorway across South Essex from the proposed Ringway 3 to the third London airport on Maplin Sands, which will be open by the time the airport is operational.
The study will examine feasible alternative routes including the practicability of common corridors for the road and rapid transit link to the airport. It will take full account of environmental considerations and the emerging plans for future development in the South Essex area.