§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the urgency of completing the modernisation of A.1, what plans he now has to expedite the improvement of the section between the Barnet by-pass and Welwyn by-pass.
§ Mr. Marples
My current programme includes two improvements to A.1 in this area. The first provides for improvements at the Green Lanes roundabout, 37W and construction of dual carriageways northwards to the junction with the northern arm of the A.405. Work should commence early next year. The second is covered by a draft Order published in June stowing the line of a proposed diversion of A.1 between the northern end of the Barnet By-Pass and Valley Road, Welwyn. This scheme is in the announced trunk road programme and work will be started as soon as practicable after the completion of the statutory procedures.
The improvement of the remaining section northwards to the Welwyn By-Pass will be considered for inclusion in the first extension of the programme.