§ Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Minister of Transport if he will state the latest scheduled date for the opening of the Chiswick-Langley section of the M.4 motorway; if he is satisfied with the emergency traffic arrangements which it is necessary to enforce for the final stages of completion; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marples
I expect the whole section, including the spur to London Airport, to be opened in January next year.
Chiswick Flyover will be closed at 6.0 a.m. on 10th August for about three months for the joining of the flyover to the elevated roadway.
I am satisfied that the diversionary traffic arrangements, which will come into force on 9th August, offer the best means of maintaining traffic flow while the flyover is closed. These arrangements have been announced to the press and to the radio and television authorities. I hope they will receive wide publicity.
Chiswick Roundabout will have to carry up to 7,500 vehicles an hour at peak times and it is in motorists' own interests to choose routes, whenever practicable, which will avoid this area. Alternative routes will be clearly signposted.
My engineers and the Commissioner of Police will keep a close watch on the working of the temporary arrangements. If modifications become necessary they will be introduced as quickly as possible.