HC Deb 09 November 1960 vol 629 cc1012-3
8. Mr. Burden

asked the Minister of Transport what are his proposals for the improvement of the route from London to the Channel ports.

Mr. Marples

I am giving high priority to the improvement of A.2, which is one of the five major projects. It will have dual carriageways from Woolwich to Canterbury, including a by-pass of Dartford, the Medway Towns by-pass, further diversions east of Faversham and the lengthening of the inner ring road at Canterbury.

On the A.20, when the Maidstone by-pass is complete, the next big scheme will be a by-pass of Swanley.

Mr. Burden

Will my right hon. Friend give the length of the motorway and also say whether each carriageway possesses three traffic lanes? If not, will he endeavour to provide three traffic lanes, not only here but on every major road project which is undertaken?

Mr. Marples

In this case it is a three-lane dual carriageway. In extent it is just under 20 miles—about 17.