§ Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many bypass schemes whose prime function was to relieve one or more local communities of through traffic were opened in each year since 1975–76; and if he will give estimated figures for 1981–82 and 1982–83.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Nearly all trunk road schemes, including new motorways, are intended both to bring economic benefits and to relieve local communities of through traffic. The following figures relate to bypass and similar schemes which do not form part of new motorway routes:
Bypass schemes 1975–76 17 1976–77 16 1977–78 9 1978–79 4 1979–80 3 1980–81 6 1981–82 10 1982–83 8