§ 51. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give an estimate of the relative population to be served by Edinburgh-Aberdeen roadways via the new road bridges and via Perth and Strathmore, respectively; and what are Her Majesty's Government's present plans for expenditure on road development on each route.
§ Mr. Noble
Both routes serve the same populations in the North-East. The route via Perth also serves some 330,000 people in Perth and the Highlands, whereas the route via the Tay Bridge58W serves some 220,000 people in Dundee and Eastern Angus.
On the former, expenditure of about £7½ million is planned by 1970; on the latter route, via Glenrothes, current expenditure including the Tay Bridge amounts to about £5.4 million.