§ Mr. Waller
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will compare the expected outturn cost for stage 1 of the A629/A650 Airedale route with the amount budgeted for the project when it originally appeared in the road programme.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
When the Kildwick to Keighley section of the Airedale route first appeared as a separate scheme (Cmnd. 7132, "Policy for Roads: England 1978") the listed cost was £7 million at November 1976 prices. This is equivalent to £17.3 million at today's prices. The tender sum is £14.8 million. The final works cost is likely to be higher than this.