HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 cc1396-7
4. Sir H. Harrison

asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to complete dual carriageways on the A.12 from Ipswich to Blytheburgh.

Mr. Swingler

We contemplate providing dual carriageways between Ipswich and Martlesham, but the timing depends on plans for the expansion of Ipswich, which have yet to be settled. Dual carriageways are not at present justified beyond Martlesham.

Sir H. Harrison

That is a very disappointing reply, in view of the bottlenecks at Wickham Market and Saxmund-ham further on. If this road is to carry more traffic, will his right hon. Friend bear that matter in mind when he comes to consider the possible closure of the East Suffolk railway?

Mr. Swingler

We shall take that in to account, but the hon. And gallant Gentleman will appreciate that we have to consider the road schemes here in relation to the possible expansion of Ipswich, on which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government has appointed consultants. Until we know the result of that, we cannot take a decision.