§ Mr. Warbey
asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the construction of the section of M.1 from Markfield to Kegworth will be speeded up so as to ensure that the whole of the extension from Crick to the junction with A.6 for traffic to Derby, Nottingham and the North can be opened on one date.
§ Mr. Marples
The M.1 extension is already under construction as far as Markfield and is programmed for completion in autumn 1964. The MarkfieldTrent section, including the A.6 junction at Kegworth, is programmed for completion in summer 1965 and the tenders are now being considered. On constructional grounds, it is not desirable to shorten the periods of about two years adopted for the contracts on this motorway. Traffic for Derby, Nottingham, and the North, will be able to use the A.50 junction at Markfield for the short period until the motorway is extended to Keg-worth.