§ Mr. Shinwell
asked the Minister of Transport if he will now state the precise date when work will begin on the improvements decided upon in connection with the A.19 road.
§ Mr. Marples
Tenders have been invited for the diversions at Shotton and Sheraton and work on these schemes should start in May.
Some of the land required for the improvement from north of Wolviston to Sheraton still has to be acquired but I hope this will be completed in time for a start of works in the autumn.
Acquisition of land for the improvement through Wolviston itself is proving to be difficult. A further public inquiry may be necessary and I am unable to forecast a date for the start of works.
Decisions about the improvement of the road through Tees-side will be taken after I have received and considered the report of the consulting engineers who are carrying out a survey of the trunk road requirements in this area.
My Divisional Road Engineers are working out with the County Surveyors a programme of works for the improvement of the rest of the A.19 between Thirsk and Sunderland.