HC Deb 25 October 1968 vol 770 cc415-6W
Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give his estimate of central government expenditure on motorways and dual carriageways, respectively, in Wales from 1967 to 1970.

Mr. George Thomas

Expenditure in the four years 1967–68 to 1970–71 is estimated to be as follows:

Motorways 3.5 million
Other dual carriageway roads 25.5 million

Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the progress being made on improving road links between the Midlands and South Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ifor Davies

The New Midlands Road is complete between the Herefordshire border and Mitchel Troy. The section between Mitchel Troy and Raglan should, given reasonable weather, be substantially complete by the end of the year. My right hon. Friend has invited tenders for the section from Raglan to Usk, and work should start about the end of the year. He hopes to announce his decision soon on the route of the final section between Usk and Coldra on which a Public Inquiry was held on 17th September. The whole road should be open during 1972.

Having regard to the need to provide adequate opportunities for the public to object to our proposals and to other calls on the national resources, my right hon. Friend considers the rate of progress being made on this road to be satisfactory.

Dr. John Dunwoody

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what expenditure on roads is planned in the Welsh development area as part of the £10 million programme to create additional employment this winter.

Mrs. White

£2.13 million.

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