HC Deb 30 April 1958 vol 587 cc376-7
5. Captain Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what plans he has for a motor road to serve the South-West of England.

Mr. Nugent

Motor roads are proposed linking Bristol with London, Birmingham, Exeter and South Wales. In addition, it is proposed to improve the direct route from London to Exeter by a new road from London to west of Basingstoke. These proposals are contained in the appropriate development plans.

Captain Pilkington

Would my hon. Friend agree that the North, North-West and West are catered for to a greater extent than the South-West, which is largely ignored, and that there are long, winding roads leading to the South-West? Will he try to increase the possibility of getting better roads there soon?

Mr. Nugent

I agree that there are some long, winding roads leading to the South-West. I sometimes use them myself. We must, however, have a priority list, and the commercial traffic is largely on the Midland and Northern routes.

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