HC Deb 27 July 1955 vol 544 cc152-4W
108. Mr. Renton

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will make a further statement about Her Majesty's Government's roads programme.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Yes. I can now give further details of the trunk road schemes which I hope to authorise during the period covered by my statement of 2nd February. The list of schemes circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT on 2nd February, 1955, covered those costing more than £500,000 which it was hoped to authorise in the three years 1956–57, 1957–58 and 1958–59. Attached is a further list of works on trunk roads, for which I am the highway authority, estimated to cost over £100,000 and the construction of which it is hoped to authorise within this period. In the meanwhile, in order to avoid delay when it becomes possible to authorise the schemes to proceed, I propose to ask the local authorities who act as my agents in these matters to put in hand the preparation of plans. The preparatory work on these schemes will of course increase to some extent the volume of commitments undertaken in the present financial year as notified to Parliament in Appendix I to the Roads, etc. Vote.

As regards Scotland, I have been in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and a separate list is attached of those schemes which it is hoped to authorise. With my right hon. Friend's agreement, I am asking the agent authorities concerned to proceed with the preparation of plans.

It is not yet possible to make a similar statement about schemes on classified roads. Selection of these schemes involves consultation with a large number of highway authorities and necessarily takes longer than the selection of trunk road schemes.

Following are the lists of schemes referred to in the statement:

Apex Corner to A.411 and Dyrham Park to S. Mimm's By-Pass (Middlesex) A.1
Aylesbury to Aston Clinton, widening (Bucks) A.41
Between Barton Road A.575, Stretford and Sale boundary, Widening (Lancashire) A. 56
Biggleswade By-Pass (Bedfordshire) A.1
Breedon-on-the-Hill By-Pass (Leicestershire). A.453
Bury St. to Carterhatch Lane, Second Carriageway (Middlesex) A.10
Carmarthen Diversion (Section A) (Carmarthenshire) A.48
Colsterworth Diversion (Lincolnshire—Kesteven) A.1
Crawley to Handcross (East Sussex) A.23
Daresbury to Ship Inn, Widening (Cheshire) A.56
Dunchurch By-Pass (Warwickshire) A.45
Dyrham Park, A.411, Second Carriageway (Herts) A.1
Ferriby By-Pass (East Riding of Yorkshire) A.63
Five Lane Ends to North of Checker-house (Notts) A.614
Flambert Farm to Penhow (Monmouthshire) A.48
Gosforth to Gosforth Park, Widening (Completion) (Northumberland) A.1
Hulton Lane Ends to Cat's Row, Widening (Lancashire) A.6
Ingatestone By-Pass (Essex) A.12
Kingswood Common to Tong, Widening Carriageway (Salop) A.41
Between Leeming By-Pass and Catterick By-Pass, Widening (North Riding of Yorkshire) A.1
Between Lichfield and Burton, Provision of Dual Carriageways (Completion of Part I) (Staffordshire) A.38
London Colney By-Pass (Herts) A.6
Between London Colney By-Pass and South Mimms By-Pass, Provision of Second Carriageway (Herts) A.6
Meriden By-Pass (Warwickshire) A.45
Milehouse Lane (B.5368) to Four Lanes End (Talke), Widening Carriageway (Staffordshire) A.34
Narborough Road South (Leicestershire) A.46
Newbury East/West Relief Road (Berks) A.4
Newbury North/South Relief Road (Berks) A.34
New Ferry By-Pass (Cheshire) A.41
Norman Cross to Water Newton By-Pass (Huntingdonshire) A.1
North Orbital Road, between Park Street and London Colney By-Pass (Herts) A.405
Page Street to Finchley Road, Second Carriageway (Middlesex) A.41
Sandy to A.428 junction (Bedfordshire) A.1
Seaton Bank Railway Bridge Ry-hope, Diversion (Durham) A.19
Selby Bridge—subject to satisfactory settlement of toll question (West Riding of Yorkshire) A.63
South Mimms By-Pass (Middlesex) A.6
Stamford Inner Relief Road (Lincolnshire—Kesteven) A.1
Stapleford By-Pass, Notts. Section (Notts) A.52
Stonebridge to Birmingham Boundary, Widening (Warwickshire) A.45
Stormy Down to Redhill Improvement (Glamorgan) A.48
Thurmaston By-Pass (Leicestershire) A.46
Between Trentham Gardens and Campbell Road, Provision of Dual Carriageways (Stoke-on-Trent) A.34
Wansford Bridge to Stamford Borough Boundary, Widening (Soke of Peterborough) A.1
Wansford—Water Newton By-Pass Huntingdonshire) A.1
Wetherby By-Pass (West Riding of Yorkshire) A.1
Between Wetherby By-Pass and Allerton Station By-Pass, Widening (West Riding of Yorkshire) A.1
Wollaton Vale to Bramcote, Widening (Nottinghamshire) A.52
Woolpack Cross Roads to Norman Cross (Second Carriageway) (Huntingdonshire) A.1
Ballantrae Diversion (Ayrshire) A.77
Blairton to junction with A.975 (Aberdeenshire) A.92
Dalkeith By-Pass (Midlothian) A.68
Dunbar By-Pass (East Lothian) A.1
Howford Bridge Diversion (Ayrshire) A.76
Kilwinning By-Pass (Ayrshire) A.78
Larbert Viaduct Diversion (Stirling) A.9
Lockerbie Diversion (Dumfriesshire) A.74
Sheriffmill Bridge Diversion (Moray and Nairn) A.96
Torryburn By-Pass (Fifeshire) A.985
Wigtown County Boundary north-wards to Milestone 8 (Ayrshire) A.77

Mr. L. M. Lever

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will authorise more expenditure on new roads and major improvements to existing roads than the amount the Government propose over the next four years, in view of the need of speeding the flow of traffic.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have nothing to add at present to the statement I made on 2nd February.