HC Deb 20 January 1965 vol 705 cc182-3
9. Mr. Ogden

asked the Minister of Transport how much of the East Lancashire road A.580 will be dual carriageway when present contracts have been completed; and what proposals he has for further improvements.

Mr. Swingler

All but one mile at Wardley Hall; and work on this will be starting later this year. Our immediate proposals include alterations to the main junctions and closure of some side roads. In the longer term dual three-lane carriageways will be provided with grade separation at some junctions.

Mr. Ogden

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he will now agree that the motorway link between Liverpool and the industrial regions of the North-West via the M.6 is now used almost to full capacity and that there is urgent need for a second motorway link between Liverpool and the M.6?

Mr. Swingler

Let us get on with this improvement first. We recognise the importance of this road and the need to get a better traffic flow, and that is why we are hastening forward the measures I have just mentioned.