§ Mr. Matthews
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement on his plans for improving the A.5, Watling Street, Warwickshire, between Witherley and Fazeley; and, in particular, what is being done to speed-up the construction of the Atherstone by-pass to prevent accidents at the danger spots, and to complete the modernisation of the street lighting on this trunk road.
§ Mr. Marples
In the near future constructional work will start on the widening of A.5 between Atherstone and the Isolation Hospital and the contract for a new roundabout at Grendon will be advertised. These are the first of a series of schemes for the comprehensive improvement of the trunk road between Witherley and Fazeley, but I cannot say yet when the Atherstone by-pass can be included in my programme. Improved lighting to traffic route standards is already provided through Dordon and will be installed at the new roundabout in 51W Grendon. No application has been made by the lighting authority for improved lighting on the remainder of this length of A.5.