HC Deb 04 May 1966 vol 727 c1607
17. Mr. David Price

asked the Minister of Transport what proposals she has for improving the road communications between Southampton and the Midlands; and in what years her proposals will feature in the road programme.

Mr. Swingler

Major improvements of the trunk roads between Southampton and Oxford costing almost £4½ million are either in hand or have recently been completed. The programme for the period 1966–67—1969–70 contains schemes costing some £3 million.

Mr. Price

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that is very welcome news? He will be aware that the present extension to Southampton Docks requires, as the Rochdale Report recommended, major improvements in road communications between Southampton and the Midlands which, he will agree, will be of great benefit to the London area.

Mr. Swingler

Yes, Sir. That is certainly taken into account and the hon. Gentleman can take it from me that if any new decision is taken on Southampton Docks, this programme will obviously have to be reviewed.

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