asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the estimated total cost of making improvements to highways and railway infrastructure in the Elsenham area if construction of the proposed eco-town goes ahead.
The planning application for any eco-town location will need to be supported by a comprehensive transport assessment. Until this has been completed, the impacts of an eco-town development on local transport networks and the nature and cost of any measures to mitigate them cannot be determined. Before any decision is taken to include a scheme in the eco-town shortlist, a cross-government assessment of the likely level of costs will be undertaken.