§ Ms. Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received on the east London river crossing; and what percentage of the total(a) support and (b) object to the proposals.
§ Mr. Atkins
The decision that the east London river crossing should be built was taken in July 1988 and orders under the Highways Act 1980 have been made, fixing the route of the new trunk road. Further draft orders were published in January 1990 proposing a new design for the bridge across the River Thames and changes to the junctions with the A 13, Windsor terrace and the A2016. At the end of the objection period for these further draft orders on 22 February, over 6,200 representations had been received, many in a standard form as a result of campaigns by certain pressure groups. These are being analysed and a breakdown is not available at present.