Is my hon. Friend aware, first, that better roads are safer roads and, secondly, that the west country is duly grateful to this Administration for at long last giving it the roads that it needs? Will my hon. Friend let me know when we may expect a start on the remaining portions of the north Devon link road?
I am grateful to my hon. Friend. The contract for the next section has been let and we hope that work on the Barnstaple bypass will start within a few weeks.
We hope that the road will be open by the peak summer holiday season of 1989. I know that if we can achieve that it will be as welcome as the east of Okehampton stretch, which we opened last week.