§ Mr. Philip Noel-Baker
asked the Minister of Transport (1) what is the total mileage of the Lancaster by-pass section of M.6; how many miles were under repair at the end of October, 1964; and what sum has been spent on repairs to this section of road since it was opened;
(2) what is the total mileage of the Preston by-pass section of M.6; how many miles were under repair at the end of October, 1964; and what sum has been spent on repairs to this road since it was opened.190W
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
The Preston by-pass is 8.1 miles long, the Lancaster by-pass 11.4 miles No repairs were being carried out on either at the end of October 1964 The shoulders on Lancaster by-pass, which were built to a specification laid down eight years ago, are now being paved and widened to bring them up to the later standard of the rest of the M.6; those on Preston by-pass were similarly improved last year Structural modifications have been made at the northern end of the Preston by-pass and the southern end of the Lancaster by-pass to enable them to be connected as one continuous length of motorway to the intervening length of motorway now under construction.
In 1959, shortly after the Preston bypass was opened, approximately £5,000 was spent on surface repairs of damage caused by frost. At that time additional drainage was installed as a precautionary measure at a cost of £90,000. On the Lancaster by-pass, £6,500 has been spent in 1964 on repairs to a minor subsidence.