Estimated construction cost had more than doubled during recent years.
From £14.4M reported for the eastern bypass in 2004, to £33M+ by 2007.
The spiralling cost was because the eastern route is fundamentally unsuitable.
And the eastern bypass design concept has proved to be basically inadequate.
Several attempts over the years to attract funding for a road around Westbury have all been without any success.
Around £5M of Wiltshire council tax money has now gone on designing and promoting Wiltshire Council's eastern bypass.
The 1996-based construction estimate presented to the Wiltshire councillors, when they voted for the eastern Westbury bypass
scheme, was just £9.4M.
In 2004, W(C)C told the BBSCS consultants that the cost would be £14.4M.
The cost reported in 2004 was possibly in line with the DTI indices for publicly funded road schemes. But they
are often not good value. The Chief Executive of the Highways Agency had recently acknowledged that the long-held
opinion that congestion can be solved by road building has been shown to be wrong.
For the whole period, from 1996 to 2010, overall inflation was about 33%.
Compare £9.4M in 1996 with £38M by 2010, once W(C)C's starting date.
Whilst general UK inflation meant a pounds increase of just a third more, emerging cost of the Eastern Bypass scheme was over four
By coincidence, councillors were told of a benefits value for an eastern bypass of about three times the 1996 construction
cost. The eastern bypass now has no genuine economic justification. And further cost increases were to
Planning permission was refused. Our Council wasted £5M on the project.