Dear Highways Agency,

Please could you divulge how many houses were demolished when the section of M3 motorway between junction 3 and junction 4 was built in the 70's . If you cannot answer this question please advise as to who can.

Yours faithfully,


Thank you for your email to the Highways Agency.
If you are reporting a real time incident which requires immediate
attention please call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123
The Highways Agency is responsible for operating, maintaining and
improving the Strategic Road Network in England on behalf of the Secretary
of State for Transport.  This consists of the Motorway network and the
Major Trunk roads. A map of the roads for which we are responsible can be
found here
If your email relates to an issue which is not on the strategic road
network, for example a suburban, local or residential road, you should
forward your email to the relevant Local Authority who should be able to
assist you. You can find details of Local Authorities using the search
facility on the website at:
Your email will be passed to the relevant team within the Highways Agency
and they will respond to you within a maximum of 15 working days.
If you have made a request under the Freedom of Information Act your
request will be dealt with in line with our guidelines which are published
here: [3]
Yours sincerely
Highways Agency Information Line

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Coates, Gary,

Dear Jack,

Thank you for your email to the Highways Agency Information Line dated 07th November 2012, in respect of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the FOI Act")

The Highways Agency are responsible for the maintenance and stewardship of the motorway network and the major trunk roads throughout England. You can find a map of the roads that we manage on our website:

Your enquiry has been passed to the relevant team within the Highways Agency and they will respond to you within a maximum of 20 working days. In the meantime you can find information about how we handle Freedom of Information requests on our website:

Our reference number for your enquiry is: 13380028

Yours Sincerely,
Gary Coates, Highways Agency Information Line Advisor
Highways Agency | National Traffic Operations Centre | 3 Ridgeway, Quinton Business Park | Birmingham | B32 1AF
Telephone: 0300 123 5000

Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers.
Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport. Visit

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FOI Advice,

Dear Jack,

I can confirm that the Highways Agency does not hold this information.

Any information that is considered to be of historic national importance is transferred to the National Archives or otherwise destroyed when it reaches its set retention period. If any records exist that may help you then they will be at the National Archives, their catalogue can be searched at

For information, our current retention period for records that would cover this type of information is 12 years.

I am sorry I am unable to provide you with the information you requested.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Allen, Freedom of Information Officer
Highways Agency | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD
Tel: +44 (0) 161 9304491
GTN: 4315 4491

Safe roads, reliable journeys, informed travellers
Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport.

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