Motorway Service Areas

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Tony Wright Tony Wright Labour, Cannock Chase

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what steps he is taking to bring to a conclusion the review of policy for service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all purpose trunk roads in England; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he expects the Highways Agency to report to him on draft revised guidance following the consultation on policy for service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all purpose trunk roads in England;

(3) how long he expects the consultation period to be for the revised proposals on policy for service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all purpose trunk roads in England; and when he expects to issue final policy guidance on these matters;

(4) what the final timetable is for the completion of the remaining stages of the review of policy for service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all purpose trunk roads in England.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

A 12-week public consultation on 'The Review of Policy for Service Areas and other Roadside Facilities on Motorways and All Purpose Trunk Roads' was launched on 16 November 2006 and ended on 8 February 2007.

The Highways Agency is now preparing a report of the responses to this initial consultation and expects to publish it by Easter. A draft policy will then be produced which will be subject to a further six-week public consultation in line with Cabinet Office guidelines.

The aim is to publish the final policy by the autumn.

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