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Pat Hayes
Pat Hayes
Managing director, BeFirst
Wish List ● October 30, 2019

The first thing on my wish list would be funding from the government to bury the A13, which is the political leadership’s ambition.

That would make a huge difference in lots of ways because you could do so much over the top of it. The French did it in Saint-Denis in the build-up to the 1998 World Cup, when they buried the A1 as part of building the Stade de France. The cost is not colossal, about £10 billion. A billion would do a big chunk, £10 billion to do the whole lot. So in the great scheme of things it’s not unimaginable.

For £1 billion, you’d probably put 15,000 homes over it. You could potentially get 50-...

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