Commons business bypasses opening

PUBLISHED: 06:10 16 March 2006 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 May 2010

TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling has pulled out of opening the Baldock bypass today (Thursday). The Cabinet minister was set to cut the ribbon of the £43 million project, but has had to pull out due to business in the House of Commons. A Department fo

TRANSPORT Secretary Alistair Darling has pulled out of opening the Baldock bypass today (Thursday). The Cabinet minister was set to cut the ribbon of the £43 million project, but has had to pull out due to business in the House of Commons. A Department for Transport spokesman said: "The official and only reason Mr Darling not opening the bypass is Commons business. "There's a lot going on in the House and he has to be there. Rather than delay the opening so a minister could be present, we thought it would be best to go ahead without him." The responsibility for opening the road, which has been completed six months ahead of schedule has been passed on to Herts County Council chairman, Cllr Brian Hammond. It is estimated that the 6.3km bypass will reduce traffic in Baldock by between 48 and 69 per cent. Currently, 22,000 vehicles-a-day pass through Baldock. It is thought by the year 2020, 25,000 vehicles will use the bypass every day. - The road was due to be open to the public at 1pm today (Thursday).

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