HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 cc1073-4
2. Sir R. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport when the five-mile length of trunk road Al north of South Mimms will be brought up to dual carriageway standard.

Mr. Bob Brown

We hope that work will start in the early 1970's, but cannot give a firm date because preparatory works, including the statutory processes, have still to be completed.

Sir R. Russell

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, according to an Answer given to me by the Minister of Transport himself a few weeks ago, there were 147 accidents involving personal injuries on this stretch of road in two years? Does he not think that this length of road deserves a much higher priority for dualling than 1971?

Mr. Brown

We are well aware of the accident rate, but it is a question of national priorities. It has to be borne in mind that this 5½ miles of dual, three-lane carriageway will cost £6½ million.

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