HC Deb 01 February 1961 vol 633 c965
10. Sir Richard Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport how many miles of dual carriageway existed in 1945, 1951 and 1959, respectively.

Mr. Marples

As nearly as can be estimated from our records, there were, at the end of 1945, roughly 350 miles of dual carriageway road in England and Wales; at the end of 1951, there were approximately 400 miles, and at the end of 1959, 652 miles.

Sir Richard Pilkington

Since this is one of the best ways of preventing accidents, will my right hon. Friend press on with the job as fast as he can?

Mr. Marples

We are doing so. We have more of these dual carriageways under construction than we have ever had in the history of the country.