I first contacted the Commission in August 2006 on the issue of the M8 and the N8 Watergrasshill bypass. Answers to previous written questions (P-3803/06, P-5555/06 and E-0821/07) were unsatisfactory.
The opening of the new M8 toll motorway on 2 October 2006 resulted in 2.4km of EU-funded roadway (N8) being withdrawn from all free public usage as there is no access or exit point for non-toll-paying citizens. This stretch of road is inaccessible to my constituents unless they pay a toll to a private company. This constituted an unauthorised change of use and a change of ownership. The impact of these changes has been very significant to the village of Watergrasshill and traffic volumes through the village have increased considerably, making it dangerous for people. The situation is ongoing and is causing hardship for many of my constituents.
Will the Commission inform me what it is currently doing about the situation?