§ Sir David Price
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the upgrading of the Chilworth to Otterbourne section of the A33 to motorway standard to be completed and opened to the public; and how he intends to control the consequential traffic congestion on the unreconstructed section of the A33 between Bar End, Winchester and Otterbourne.
§ Mr. Chope
Upgrading of the Compton (Otterbourne) to Bassett (Chilworth) section of the A33 to motorway standard is currently due to be completed and open to the public later this year. We have no plans to carry out any major works on the existing A33 between Winchester and Compton (Otterbourne) which will be superseded by the planned Bar End—Compton section of the M3. Advance works for this scheme are already under way. The main construction is due to start next year.