HC Deb 30 October 1957 vol 575 c203
21. Mr. Bottomley

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a statement about the proposed new trunk road for Kent.

Mr. Watkinson

I hope to advertise early next month a draft scheme under the Special Roads Act, 1949, showing the proposed line for the Medway towns bypass. This new motorway, about 25 miles long, will provide a greatly improved route between London and Dover as well as North Kent.

Mr. Bottomley

Does the Minister not agree that all the arguments which can be adduced show that the Medway bypass should have priority, and will he give an assurance that that will be the case?

Mr. Watkinson

I can give the assurance that it is one of the five main projects to which I attach great importance, and those five main projects will now be carried out as soon as physically possible.