HC Deb 28 February 2001 vol 363 cc674-5W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the compatibility of the stated purpose of the South Coast multi-modal study and the consideration of the construction of bypasses for Hastings. [150875]

Mr. Hill

[holding answer 26 February 2001]: The Access to Hastings study reported in November 2000 and considered how transport can contribute to regenerating the local economies in Bexhill and Hastings.

The South Coast multi-modal study is currently out to tender, and aims to investigate congestion, safety and environmental problems on the south coast between Southampton and Ramsgate. The study is strategic in nature and will take into account the Access to Hastings Final Report and decisions by Ministers.