HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 c415
23. Lieut.-Commander Maydon

asked the Minister of Transport what were the recommendations contained in the joint reports of the Somerset County Council and the consulting engineers, appointed in 1964, to investigate a possible route for a new dual-carriageway road between the present proposed M5 terminus and the vicinity of Exeter, on the question whether it should be built as a special road or as an all-purpose road with restricted access.

Mr. Bob Brown

The joint reports recommended that the road should be built as a motorway.

Lieut.-Commander Maydon

Is it proposed to accept these recommendations? If not, what is it proposed to do?

Mr. Brown

Last month's truck road preparation announcement made provision for the Edithmead-Exeter scheme to be built to motorway standards. A final decision on the standard of the road must, of course, await the results of this assessment in the preparation pool, but there must be a strong presumption that it will be built as a motorway.