§ Mr. Andrew Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give details of his road construction programme for 1990–91.
§ Mr. Atkins
Following publication of the report "Trunk Roads, England" in February, the latest information for the current financial year is as follows:
- 10 contracts have been let (value £101 million).
- 11 contracts have been advertised in the Official Journal (value £114 million).
- 18 further contracts are expected to be let, subject to satisfactory completion of statutory processes (estimated value £260 million).
- 59 schemes are currently under construction (value £1,384 million).
A list of these schemes will be placed in the Library and sent to contractors.
§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the new roads which have been built in each 201W of the last five years in (a) areas of outstanding natural beauty, (b) sites of special scientific interest and (c) national parks.
Date Areas of outstanding natural beauty Sites of special scientific interest 1985–86 M25 Leatherhead—Reigate M3 Popham—Bar End M3 Popham—Bar End M25 Swanley—Sevenoaks 1986–87 A34 East Ilsley—Chilton A483 Oswestry BP 1987–88 A39 Bideford BP A36 Heytesbury BP A303 Furze Hedge A2 Barham Crossroads 1988–89 A35 Bridport A650 Airedale 1 A35 Dorchester A65 Settle/Giggleswick BP A303 Ilminster BP A361 North Devon Link Road A417 Birdlip BP A34 Whitway Diversion 1989–90 A36 Steeple Langford BP All Thetford BP A46 Coventry Eastern BP1 1 Designated after work on site started.
The Okehampton bypass completed in 1988–89 is the only scheme to pass through national park land in recent years.