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Dear Department for International Development,

I am following on from a previous request made in regards to progress of the Rte 611 Helmand, Afghanistan.

Your report showed $12.5 million for the UK spend, did the road get built or was there a route there aready?

Also what condition is the newly finished road in? Ive read their has been damage in a high number of places, what caused this and how much is the repair to UK Tax payers (conflict pool funds?)

Yours faithfully,

Ms J McCartney

Department for International Development

Dear Ms McCartney

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 16
December. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible
and within 20 working days.

Please note that DFID may also publish our response to FOI requests at
www.gov.uk/dfid.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2013-457.

Yours sincerely

Christine Mackintosh
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team
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Department for International Development

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Dear Ms McCartney

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2013-457. I have also included a copy of the response below for
ease of reference.

Yours sincerely

Christine Mackintosh
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

Dear Ms McCartney,

Freedom of Information Request F2013-457

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 13 December 2013
in which you asked for the following information:

“I am following on from a previous request made in regards to progress of
the Rte 611 Helmand, Afghanistan.

Your report showed $12.5 million for the UK spend, did the road get built
or was there a route there aready?

Also what condition is the newly finished road in? Ive read their has been
damage in a high number of places, what caused this and how much is the
repair to UK Tax payers (conflict pool funds?)”

DFID holds some information relevant to your request.

The UK and United Arab Emirates (UAE) co-funded an upgrade to the 33.67km
section of Route 611 which runs between Sangin and Kajaki. The condition
of the road is generally good although recent heavy rain caused some
limited damage to the road. In particular this affected a number of
culverts which allow water to pass beneath the carriageway.

The Helmand Department for Public Works (DPW) are responsible for
emergency repairs as part of the usual operation and maintenance costs of
any road infrastructure and they will fund such repairs. The UK provides
support to the Afghan Government, including Helmand DPW, but there will be
no direct cost to the UK taxpayer arising from the weather damage to the
road.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting
reference number F2013-457.

If you are unhappy with the service we have provided and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team at the address shown in the
footnote below or email [DFID request email] within two months of the date of
this letter.

If you do make a complaint and are not content with the outcome, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted DFID’s complaints procedure. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
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Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Christine Mackintosh
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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