70. Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Minister of Transport what is the present 88W position with regard to the plan to link M.5 and M.6; and why a decision in this matter has been delayed for so many years.
§ Mr. Marples
The first draft scheme for this motorway was published in March, 1960, and included a section on viaduct over the railway through Old-bury. As I announced on 4th April in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Oldbury and Halesowen, detailed examination of the line had shown that it would involve substantial demolition of property and cause serious overshadowing; we were therefore investigating an alternative line to the West of the railway which seemed less likely to affect homes and property. The investigation is still proceeding but I hope to publish a revised draft scheme within the next few months.