§ Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the concern felt by the inhabitants of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, over his decision to construct a junction at Holmes Chapel between the Birmingham—Preston motorway and the A54; whether he is aware that the east-west traffic from Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Macclesfield and Congleton will have to pass through Holmes Chapel to join the motorway; and whether, before the work is commenced, he will again consult the local authorities about their proposal that the best approach road from the east would be by Twemlow Lane crossing the A50 to link up with Middlewich Road, Cranage.
§ Mr. Marples
Representations have been made recently by the parish council and some local inhabitants, although they raised no objections during the statutory objection period. The volume of traffic passing through Holmes Chapel to reach the junction is not expected to be heavy. The local proposals would not provide so satisfactory a junction 113W unless extensive alterations of the existing main routes were also carried out. This would be very costly. Tenders will be invited shortly for construction of this length of motorway, and I could not accept the delay that would be involved in further statutory processes and land acquisition if these suggestions were adopted.