§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has made to the European Economic 262W Community regarding the use of British roads by 40 ton lorries with axle weights of 11 tons and exceeding 50 feet in length; with what result; and if he will give his latest estimate of the cost of facilities necessary to accommodate them.
§ Mr. Peyton
I have made clear my opposition to the weight limits proposed by the Six, and will continue to press for reductions during the forthcoming ministerial consultations in Brussels. An increase in the maximum limit for axle loading to 11 tonnes could cost up to £200 million over 10 to 15 years due to the need for additional maintenance and strengthening of the main road network.