§ Mr. LANSBURY
asked the Minister of Transport how many acres of land were acquired for the purpose of constructing the new road from Wanstead to Southend; the total amount per acre paid for such land; and what was the rateable value of the land acquired?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
The transactions connected with the acquisition of the land are not yet complete. The best estimate that can at present be given for the total cost of the acquisition of the land along the whole length of 29 miles from Wanstead to the boundary of the County1344W Borough of Southend is between £80,000 and £85,000. The total area is about 385 acres, giving an average of between £210 and £220 per acre. This figure includes all legal expenses on the approved scales, and compensation to tenants and other minor interests. I have no information as to the rateable value.