§ Sir W. Bromley-Davenport
asked the Minister of Transport if he will announce the programming dates of the remaining sections of the M.5 northwards from Lydiate Ash to connect with M.6 at Great Barr.
§ Mr. Marples
The Scheme for the section of M.5 from Lydiate Ash to Quintan has been made. The Sideroad Orders, land acquisition and engineering preparation are in hand. If all goes well, it should be possible to start construction of this section next year. It will give better access from the M.5 to the Black Country and to central Birmingham. Northwards from Quintan to Great Barr, 91W serious difficulties associated with the original proposal to carry the motorway through Oldbury on viaduct over the railway have made it necessary to consider a new line. It is hoped to advertise this in draft in the autumn. Until the statutory procedures are completed it is not possible to forecast when construction of this section will begin.