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Another shadow was cast over the future of the proposed Tamar Crossing with the announcement by roads minister Robert Key that the project would be subject to further economic studies.The minister said that a section of one of the three routes proposed for the crossing would be protected for planning purposes. But he said that this did not mean the scheme would ultimately go ahead.The crossing over the River Tamar between Plymouth and Cornwall was one of a number of schemes proposed in 1989 which were to attract private finance.Mr Key added that no decision has been taken about the means of financing any new crossing of the Tamar or the degree to which private finance could be involved. CONSTRUCTION NEWS