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Immediate Release Thursday 2 Oct 1996


Third Battle of Newbury challenges Labour

to scrap the Newbury Bypass

The Third Battle of Newbury today welcomed the Labour Shadow Transport Spokesman, Andrew Smiths pledge that there would be "no more Twyford Downs with Labour"[1].

The Third Battle of Newbury challenged Mr Smith to give substance to his rhetoric by pledging Labour to scrap the A34 Newbury Bypass if Labour came to power. Claire Short, the former shadow of Secretary of State for Transport, had committed Labour to review the Newbury Bypass if it came to power.

Andrew Wood of the Third Battle of Newbury said

"We welcome Mr Smith's commitment. Let's see Labour put some substance behind it. Opinion poles[2] have shown most people want the Newbury Bypass stopped. It's not too late" ENDS

Editors Notes

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Press Liaison, Andrew Wood:

[1] Labour Transport spokesman Andrew Smith made his pledge in a speech to the Labour Party conference this morning. Twyford Down was a hill of enourmouse landscape significance to the east of Winchester (Hants) that was ripped apart to make way for the M3 motorway. Nearby ecological area were also bulldozed.

[2] Public opinion poll by Survey Research Associates in March of this year found over sixty percent of respondents want the Newbury Bypass stopped and alternatives tried.