HC Deb 04 July 1995 vol 263 cc194-6W
Mr. Ainger

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the specific environmental reasons for the withdrawal of the A40 Treffgarne Rocks improvement from the road improvement programme in Wales. [31376]

Mr. Gwilym Jones

"Roads in Wales: 1994 Review" identified priority routes and schemes on which resources are to be concentrated. This followed a review of all schemes in the trunk road programme, taking account of economic, traffic and environmental considerations. Against this background it was judged that the scale of the previously envisaged improvement at Treffgarne Rocks could not be justified. The relevant environmental factors included the landscape, river habitats, protected species, wildlife and the river itself within the Treffgarne Rocks, Gorge and Tors sites of special scientific interest.

Mr. Alan W. Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each trunk road improvement scheme listed in table 1 of the 1986 Welsh Office document, "Roads for Wales: the 1990s and Beyond", and described as expected to start between January 1988 and December 1990(a) the actual starting date for construction, (b) the completion date and (c) the cost; and if he will also list those schemes that have been abandoned or where there is still no definite starting date. [31848]

Mr. Gwilym Jones

The information requested is set out as follows. A revised forward programme was published in "Road in Wales: 1994 Review", and updated in the Welsh Office's departmental report 1995, Cm 2815.

Scheme Start Finish Cost £ million
M4 Baglan Lonlas—split as follows:-
M4 Earlswood-Lonlas March 1990 February 1993 57
M4 Briton Ferry-Earlswood January 1992 December 1994 58
M4 Baglan-Briton Ferry August 1992 December 1994 39
M4 Brynglas Tunnels and Malpas relief road September 1991 May 1995 88
A5 Pont Padog approaches In "Longer Term consideration" pool of forward trunk road programme
A5 Halfway bridge reconstruction In "Longer consideration" pool of Term forward trunk road programme
A5 Glyn Bends-Tynant-Dinmael School May 1994 1995–96 8
A40 Llandeilo northern bypass February 1994 December 1994 4
A40 Carmarthen eastern bypass In "Programmed" pool of forward trunk road programme
A40 Whitland bypass March 1995 1996–97 10
A55 Aber improvement February 1993 September 1994 12
A55 Pen-y-Clip tunnels November 1989 March 1994 109
A55 Rhaullt Hill improvement May 1990 April 1992 17
A465/A40 Abergavenny western bypass In "Longer Term consideration" pool of forward trunk road programme
A465 Glynneath-Aberdulais improvement January 1994 Autumn 1996 76
A470 Pentrebach-Cefn Coed improvement May 1994 Spring 1997 53
A470 Gelligemlin-Llanelltyd diversion Under £3 million scheme. Start of work planned in 1997–98
A470 Improvement of A470 and A44 at their junctions south of Llangurig April 1990 July 1991 2
Scheme Start Finish Cost £ million
A483 Llandeilo eastern bypass In "In preparation" pool of forward trunk road programme
A483 Welshpool relief roads September 1991 July 1993 19
A483 Chirk bypass April 1989 April 1991 12
A487 Cardigan bypass August 1989 December 1990 12
A487 Caernarfon-South of Port Dinorwic Withdrawn in January 1993 in favour of Caernarfon Eastern Bypass
A487 Port Dinorwic bypass July 1992 March 1994 14
A487 Seiont bridge and approaches Withdrawn from major scheme programme in January 1993. Now Pont Seiont Contract (under £3 million scheme). Work started February 1995
A494 Mold bypass January 1991 October 1992 18
A4042 Penperlleni bypass In "Longer Term consideration" pool of forward trunk road programme
A4042 Llantarnam bypass January 1994 1995–96 17