HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 c397W
Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the report from Mott Macdonald and Kelsey Associates into the widening of the M3 between Bar End and Bassett was commissioned.

Mr. Chope

On 13 June and 27 June 1989 respectively.

Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the alternative tunnel schemes for the proposed route of the M3 around Winchester which he has at any time considered.

Mr. Chope

Since the announcement in September 1981 of the fresh study into the Bar End to Compton section of the proposed M3, the following alternative tunnel schemes have been considered. References in brackets identify options discussed at inquiries.

1982 Consultation

  • Various tunnel options under St. Catherine's Hill.

1985 Inquiry

  • Tunnel under Compton between Poles Lane and Place Lane (CI).
  • Five tunnel alternatives under Twyford Down (L1, L2, J3, K3 and INVPS).
  • One tunnel option under Plague Pits Valley (K2).

1987–88 Inquiry

  • Eleven tunnel or part tunnel options under Twyford Downs (JAG 2, 3 and 3A, TPC1, AL1 and 2, JK1, CC2, EJV1, a land bridge and Base Case option).
  • Two tunnels at Compton (AEB1 and 2).

Post 1987 Inquiry

  • Dual four lane tunnel under Twyford Down.