§ Mr. Heffer
asked the Minister of Transport what plans there are for the link up of the M.1 motorway to the M.6; what is the volume of traffic using the M.1 and M.6 to Liverpool, particularly commercial vehicles to factories and docks; and if he will estimate the effect the delays have on the export trade.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
The route for the motorway link between the M.1 at Catthorpe and the present southern terminal of the M.6 at Dunston has already been established. Work on construction of the first 14½ miles, southwards from Dunston, should be completed next year. Construction work on the remainder will be undertaken in sections and, if all goes well, should be completed by 1970–71.
No figures are available of the volume of traffic to Liverpool using the M.1 and M.6. I am not aware that the use of the present road system between the terminals of the two motorways has caused serious delays to the movement of exports.