HC Deb 10 March 1982 vol 19 cc828-9
2. Mr. Knox

Secretary of State for Transport whether he is satisfied that the current motorway network is adequate for the present level of traffic.

Mrs. Chalker

Yes, except in few places where additions or improvements are already planned.

Mr. Knox

Does my hon. Friend agree there has been a considerable increase in recent years in traffic on some parts of our major motorways? Is there not a strong case for building some new stretches of motorway to complement those busy parts so that hold-ups can be avoided?

Mrs. Chalker

I am well aware of the pressure on some of our motorways, and particularly on sections of the M6 and Ml. My hon. Friend will know that plans are afoot to extend the M62 and the M40. We shall do as much as is feasible. It is important to note that we have done more work for less money and will have spent 15 per cent. more in 1981–82 than we spent in 1980–81.

Mr. Cyril D. Townsend

Has my hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the urgent need to complete the M25? Does she appreciate that many of those in South-East London understand the legal delays, but think that there have been unnecessary administrative delays? Will my hon. Friend promise, here and now, to review the position, with a view to the speedy completion of that important motorway?

Mrs. Chalker

I assure my hon. Friend that I give top priority to the completion of the M25. As my hon. Friend knows, the estimated date for completion is 1985, and I have no reason to think that that date will be extended. I understand the great problem for those in the South-East, and that is why we have given completion top priority.