§ Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Transport when it is expected to start work on the Dunstan to Preston by-pass section of the Birmingham to Preston motorway; when it will be finished and opened; and if modern lighting will be introduced.
§ Mr. Marples
The major viaducts and rail bridges on this motorway are already under construction. Tenders have been invited for the road works on three sections of the motorway. I cannot at present forecast the date by which the whole motorway will be finished and opened. It is not my intention at present to light the motorway, apart from the terminal roundabouts, since there is not sufficient evidence to show that lighting is necessary.