HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 c293W
Mr. Robert Hicks

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why the A38 Saltash road is to be closed to traffic; what is the period when it will be closed; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Contrary to recent erroneous press reports, the A38 Saltash tunnel will be closed from 0001 hours to 12 noon on Sunday 22 January 1989 only, for the first of its planned regular maintenance services. This comprises washing the tunnel walls and lighting, changing lighting tubes and bulbs and minor routine maintenance. We expect to close the tunnel overnight at three-monthly intervals to undertake this regular maintenance.