Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Minister of Transport if he will issue a list of schemes under the road programme, costing over £100,000, which were started in the six months ended 31st December, 1959, with estimated completion date and total cost of each
§ Mr. E. Marples
The schemes are:
motorways with two lanes only in each carriageway, in view of evidence of the inadequacy of two lanes, for instance in the new Meriden by-pass.135W
§ Mr. Marples
The number of lanes provided depends on the estimated volume of traffic that will use the motorway and there are many routes where dual two-lane carriageways will be sufficient to meet this need.
The Meriden by-pass is not a motorway but part of trunk road A.45 which his been improved to dual two-lane carriageway standard. Ultimately it is proposed to supplement this route by a motorway link between the London to Yorkshire and the Birmingham to Lancashire motorways which will both have dual three-lane carriageways.