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The Highways Agency this week added three road schemes to its Targeted Programme of Improvements bringing the current total to 61.

They are the A30 Merrymeet, Exeter to Oakhampton; the A66 at Long Newton near Stockton on Tees, and the A1 at Stannington in Northumberland. An extra 92 smaller congestion busting and safety schemes worth £145M were also announced. These follow on from the 100 early action schemes announced by the Agency in July 2000 which are expected to be completed in Spring 2003.

Construction has begun on the new £16M privately financed Wharfedale Hospital, in Otley, North Yorkshire. Mott MacDonald is project managing the construction for Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

Jacobs Consultancy has been appointed by Warwickshire County Council to review the government's consultation document on the development of airports in the Midlands, including plans for a possible new airport in the county.

lMPs were due to hold an adjournment debate on road traffic speed this afternoon.

The debate is expected to raise many of the issues brought up in NCE's Putting Your Foot Down issue (NCE 4 July).

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