§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The design of the Hyde bypass was based on forecasts for 1988. It was planned to be part of a network to include the Denton relief road, now under construction, and the Manchester outer ring road. Until this network is complete the Hyde bypass will inevitably be used to less than capacity. So will other roads similarly built as part of incomplete routes or networks. Traffic forecasting is, inevitably, an uncertain matter, but, as table 16.2 in the Leitch report shows, the uncertainty is not all one way.