HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 c1407
48. Sir H. Studholme

asked the Minister of Transport if he will reconsider his decision to defer the agreed improvements to the A.38 in Devon, in particular on the dangerous stretch between Chaddlewood and Lyneham Inn.

Mr. Swingler

The schemes on A.38 which have been postponed do not fall in any of the exempted categories. None of the schemes so far deferred affect the section between Chaddlewood and Lyneham Inn.

Sir H. Studholme

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the last three years there have been no less than 134 accidents on this sector of the Chaddlewood Line, six of them fatal? Will he please do something at once, because improvements were due to be carried out there this year, and we cannot afford to wait until the Plympton by-pass is completed, perhaps in three years' time.

Mr. Swingler

If the highway authority can suggest any short-term measures, we shall consider them as rapidly as possible, but the only longterm solution to the problem is the construction of the Plympton by-pass, which is programmed for 1968.