Highways England address Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass fears

Motorists will be angry if the scheme has been delayed or even scrapped, it was claimed
Motorists will be angry if the scheme has been delayed or even scrapped, it was claimed
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The proposed £100m bypass between Windy Harbour and Skippool is still planned to go ahead, the Department for Transport said.

The new road, set to built to alleviate congestion on the busy 2.7 mile stretch, had been thrown into doubt after a Whitehall spending watchdog said 16 schemes nationally must be reconsidered by the summer to ensure they are deliverable and affordable.

Neither the Department for Transport nor Highways England would initially name the 16, but a spokesman for the former told The Gazette: “Highways England is continuing to investigate options to improve the benefits and reduce the costs of schemes.

“This follows their normal processes of achieving value for money for the tax-payer which is required for all government spending on infrastructure projects.

“This work may involve refining the scope and design of schemes and more time may be needed to assess them. There is no immediate need or plans to cancel schemes.”

Highways England said it was ‘confident’ of delivering its overall programme.

Yesterday’s story: Is A585 bypass dream facing the scrapheap?