All  about  WC's  would-be  A350  Westbury  Wilts  Bypass    
  ...  with  a  route  on  the  wrong  side  of  the  town,  in  the  wrong  area  

... how Conservative Wiltshire Council's persistence with its defective eastern Westbury bypass project has cost us dearly ...

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BS Floats in WC
Big Society: BS
Rotten to Core
Green Valley
Wrong Way
Business Case
No to Funding
Barmy Bypass Bad for BA13
Pollution Risk
Threat to Best of Countryside
Walk the Route
Land Owners
Dim on Wildlife
Cement Works
Why East...?
Choked Town
Ignored Report
West Solutions for Westbury
Our Railway
Forty Acres
Flop at Inquiry
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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 times higher.

 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 emerge.

Planning permission was refused.   Our Council wasted 5M on the project.

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