§ Sir Peter Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what will be the effect on traffic flow of reducing the A30 from dual to single carriageway between Whiddon Down and Launceston;
(2) why the A30 between Whiddon Down and the proposed new road to Launceston is reduced to a single carriageway;
(3) what is the difference in cost for a single carriageway from Whiddon Down to Launceston as compared with a dual carriageway.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I announced in July that the proposed new A30 trunk road between Okehampton and Launceston was expected to have a single 10 metre wide carriageway. I have no plans to alter the dual carriageway standard between Whiddon Down and Okehampton and for the Okehampton bypass, which was embodied in the proposals discussed at the public inquiry in 1979 and 1980.
A single 10 metre carriageway new road between Okehampton and Launceston, which is estimated to cost some £8 million less than a comparable dual carriageway, will allow the traffic which we expect to use the road into the next century to flow freely at almost all times of the year.