HC Deb 05 December 1996 vol 286 c722W
Sir Robert Hicks

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the status of the proposed A38 second Tamar crossing; and if he will make a statement. [8091]

Mr. Watts

In the light of a recently completed economic study on the impact of the second Tamar crossing on Plymouth and south-east Cornwall, I have decided to abandon the proposed scheme announced in May 1994.

This will remove the present uncertainty about the proposals and lift the planning blight from this area of Saltash. A number of properties have been acquired under the blight provisions, and these will be put back on the market as soon as possible.

The study report has concluded that the effects would be mixed, but that there was no clear case for a second crossing. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library.