§ Miss Quennell
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, following the study of the A3 route between Petersfield and Guildford, he will now announce measures to relieve the towns along it of through-traffic; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Speed
Following consultation with the local authorities, my right hon. Friend has decided, as a result of this study, to include in the trunk road preparation pool schemes to bypass Peters-field in Hampshire and Milford in Surrey. The proposed Petersfield bypass will lie to the west of the town and will provide relief from through traffic in both a north-south and east-west direction. The Milford scheme will improve conditions on the existing road. Decisions on the development of the remainder of the A3 corridor between Guildford and Peters-field will be affected particularly by the outcome of studies the local authorities are now undertaking into the future plans for the Reading—Basingstoke—Farnham area (Planning Area 8). Further consideration will be given to the traffic needs and alternative solutions in the A3 corridor when decisions are avaliable on the location, scale and timing of development in Planning Area 8.