§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls have been received by the traffic cones hotline to date; and what action his Department has taken in response to those calls.
§ Mr. Key
Since its introduction in June 1992 until 15 January 1994, 383 calls registered as formal inquiries have been received by the cones hotline. Inquiries which cannot be answered immediately have been followed up by the regional office responsible for the particular road scheme; and written replies have been sent, or for recent inquiries are in the process of being sent, to each caller. Until recently, other calls received by the hotline have not been recorded, but they are currently running at two to three times the number of formal inquiries about specific road works.854W