HC Deb 04 December 1963 vol 685 c1123
17. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made, in the last six months, in placing double tracks on the A.30 and A.303 roads to the West Country.

Mr. Galbraith

In addition to the existing 8.44 miles of dual carriageways on these roads, 2.87 miles have been completed during the last six months and 3.05 miles are under construction. A further ten miles are in the announced programme, including the Honiton, Andover and Amesbury by-passes.

Mr. Digby

Is not this a deplorable rate of progress, especially in view of the latest threat of the Railways Board to close the main line to the West Country at Salisbury?

Mr. Galbraith

I cannot agree with the conclusion which my hon. Friend has drawn from these figures. I think that they represent not bad going.

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