HC Deb 13 July 1955 vol 543 cc184-5W
90. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will announce the formal line of the remaining 800 miles of motorway planned by his Department; and if he will set in motion the legal processes required under the Special Roads Act, 1949, by the end of this year in order that the eventual construction of new motorways may start immediately the expenditure on them is sanctioned by the Government.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

No. So far as up to date plans are concerned, I have nothing to add to my previous statements on this subject. In any event, action such as is suggested would not expedite progress.

91. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what special arrangements he is making where new roads or bridges are to be built for trunk roads and motorways for the tipping of filling-in materials to start and continue in the most economic manner well in advance of the main construction of the new road or bridge.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Special arrangements are made, when possible, for the tipping of material in advance, but normally this can only be done when the land has been acquired and the works are being put in hand.

97. Mr. Stokes

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how much will be paid for the land required in the 345 miles of motorways, costing £85 million; and how many acres are involved.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The price of the land to be acquired will, of course, vary greatly with its quality. Roughly 7,000 acres will be needed and the total cost is likely to be of the order of three-quarters of a million pounds.