§ Mr. Sedgemore
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why, and under what provisions, over 3,000 objections to the east London river crossing proposal have been invalidated; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Cartwright
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the reason for the requirement that objections already registered to the redesigned bridge and other related changes to the east London river crossing must be repeated in writing by 22 February if they are to be considered.
§ Mr. Atkins
Draft orders to authorise a revised design for the east London crossing bridge and to modify the arrangements for cyclists and pedestrians were published on 17 August 1989. These attracted over 3,000 objections. Further changes to the junctions on either side of the bridge were subsequently proposed. The draft orders already published were withdrawn and new draft orders giving effect to all the changes were published on 11 January.
The Department wrote to all the objectors to the original draft orders inviting them to say if they wanted their previous objection amended or supplemented as necessary to stand in relation to the new orders.