HC Deb 03 April 1974 vol 871 cc1253-4
22. Mr. Jessel

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on what date he now expects to open the final section of the M3 motorway from Lightwater to Sunbury.

Mr. Carmichael

I have nothing to add to the answer given to the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mr. Mitchell) on 25th March.—[Vol. 871, c. 28.]

Mr. Jessel

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the prospect of the completion of the eastern end of M3 gives rise to a great deal of anxiety in the Twickenham area because of fears of a heavy increase in the volume of traffic, not only on the Great Chertsey Road but on turnings leading to Kingston and Hampton Court bridges and in Whitton? Will he take these anxieties seriously and stand by the decision of his predecessor to taper the eastern exit from M3 from three to two lanes?

Mr. Carmichael

I read the speech that the hon. Gentleman made last July about this matter. As he probably knows, a working party, comprising the Department, local authorities and police, is now considering all the various measures that may be required to cope with the increased volume of traffic. Some of these measures have already been announced.

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