§ Mr. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on progress of the East Fife regional road; and what he now estimates will be its final completion date and cost.
§ Mr. Ancram
This scheme is being built in four separate phases. Phase I was completed and opened to traffic in September 1985. Phase II is under construction and is due540W for completion in late May of this year. Phases III and IV— which are planned to be constructed concurrently—will be the subject of a public local inquiry to be held at the end of March. Depending on the outcome of the inquiry, it is hoped that work will start early in 1988 and be completed within a two year period. The total cost of the road is likely to be of the order of £36 million.