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A 'technically flawed' scheme


You report (NCE 20 July) that 'The Highways Agency has appointed CJ Pearce to build the £3.3M A41 Nomans Heath and Macefen Bypass in Warwickshire'. The bypass is in fact in Cheshire.

The article mentions the provision of special fences to protect rare great crested newts. The fences are needed because the newts have been found in six ponds along the route. At the public inquiry three years ago the Agency stated there were no newts found on the proposed route.

It is a requirement of the Government's Transport White Paper that schemes costing more than £3M should be subject to the New Approach To Appraisal. Nevertheless the Agency is flatly refusing to publish the Appraisal Summary Table for this technically flawed scheme.

Andrew Dawson, Bickley Wood, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8EE

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