HC Deb 02 May 2001 vol 367 cc634-5W
Shona McIsaac

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on replacing the concrete road surface on the A180 with low-noise surfacing. [159355]

Mr. Hill

My hon. Friend's question relates to an operational matter on the A180 Trunk Road. I have accordingly asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Tim Matthews, to write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Tim Matthews to Shona McIsaac, dated 2 May 2001: The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question on resurfacing of the concrete section of the A 180 with low noise surfacing. On 29 December 2000 the Agency wrote to all English local highway authorities, and other interested organisations, seeking their views on its proposed criteria for prioritising the resurfacing of concrete trunk roads. We also published the consultation letter and the proposed criteria on our website inviting comments. The closing date for receiving comments was 23 March 2001 and we are currently giving careful consideration to all the responses that we have received. It is anticipated that the final set of criteria will be announced this summer and will then be applied to determine the priority of concrete trunk roads, including the A180, for resurfacing. The Agency will write to you as soon as the final set of criteria have been finalised.

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