§ Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to begin on widening the A34 at Gore Hill; and what progress has been made with plans to build a Newbury bypass.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Subject to the completion of the statutory procedures, it is hoped to start work this summer on the East Ilsley to Chilton improvement of the A34.
Design of the proposed Newbury bypass, based on the preferred route announced last June, is continuing. I hope to publish draft orders under the Highways Act later this year.