§ 74. Mr. Hattersley
asked the Minister of Transport what proportion of the London-Birmingham-Coventry motorway has been subject to any form of repair since the road was opened; what has been the total cost of repairs carried out on it; and how much of this total cost has been recovered from the original contractors.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
The greater part of the £3 million spent so far is for improvements to bring the motorway up to current standards. Also, on the 55 mile asphalt section, the whole of the slow lane and parts of the middle and fast lanes are being reconstructed. Defects in the carriageways proved to be due to some features of the specification. No recovery has therefore been sought from the original contractors. About two-thirds of the repair work has been done.
§ 80. Mr. Rowland
asked the Minister of Transport what estimate was made of the likely cost of repairs on the London-Birmingham-Coventry motorway when the motorway was initially opened.