§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the strategic context in which the Highways Agency review of a road linking the M40 near Oxford and the A5 near Leighton Buzzard is being placed.
§ Mr. Key
When my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport announced the outcome of the roads review it was made clear that the east-west route between the M40 and the M11 would be withdrawn. The strategic study of traffic needs in a corridor from the M40 to the A5 which was announced in January was confirmed. The Department is responsible for the strategic trunk road network and the study is in that context. The scope for the study has not yet been decided.
Delivery of the road programme is for the Highways Agency.