§ 42. Mr. David Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he plans to introduce more precise dates for the start of road construction schemes as part of his review of the trunk road programme.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The actual start dates for trunk road schemes in England depend on the variable impact of three main interlocking factors—their relative priority within the road programme, the amount of resources available in any one year, and the rate of progress of proposed schemes through the necessary design and statutory public consultation processes. Given the variable effect of these factors it would not make sense to produce more precise forecasts of likely start dates than those currently in use.