§ Mr. Aspinwall
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will arrange for a further round of public consultation to include the Beckford Spur, in addition to his Department's published details of alternative routes for the Batheaston bypass (A4) and the A36 at Bathampton and A46 at Swainswick; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Chalker
An unusually long period was allowed for public consultation about this scheme, and I now intend to proceed to a decision on a preferred route.
The so-called Beckford spur has no role to play in the national trunk road network, but should Avon county council wish to consult the public on it as a local distributor road, it is of course open to it to do so.