HC Deb 25 January 1961 vol 633 cc20-1W
28. Mr. Berkeley

asked the Minister of Transport his plans for extending the Birmingham-Preston motorway northwards from Preston.

Mr. Hay

The line of the motorway linking the Preston and Lancaster Bypasses was fixed by a scheme made last year.

My right hon. Friend has now appointed the Lancashire County Council as his agents to carry out the detailed work. This will include the preparation of a draft Order, setting out proposals for alterations to side roads and private accesses, the land plans and contract documents. We hope to publish the draft Order later this year.

Construction will start as soon as the preparatory work, statutory processes and land acquisition have been completed and funds are available.