HC Deb 23 April 1980 vol 983 cc446-7
12. Mr. Neil Thorne

asked the Minister of Transport when it is proposed to install a modern motorway warning light system on the M4 between Chiswick and Heathrow Airport.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

This length of motorway signalling system is under consideration for renewal but no firm decisions have yet been taken.

Mr. Thorne

Is the Minister aware that I am disappointed with that reply? I hope he will agree that this is a most important section of the strategic road network. In the interests of the prosperity of the country, will he not agree to look at this matter with considerable speed?

Mr. Clarke

It is certainly important and it is the oldest section of warning light system in the country. It is still functioning quite well, but it will need replacing at some stage, and integrating into the national network. We have it under consideration, and I have no doubt that over the next two or three years a contract will be placed for its renewal with up-to-date equipment.