HC Deb 19 July 1976 vol 915 c379W
Mr. Dodsworth

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he was aware in December 1975, when he was disposed to make orders for reconstructing the M1 between Waterdale and Berrygrove as seven lanes with provision for widening to eight, that the traffic forecasts made by his Department's consultants did not justify the building of more than a six-lane motorway;

(2) why the proposals to widen the M1 from Waterdale to Berrygrove in Hertfordshire were changed from seven lanes to six lanes during February 1976.

Mr. Marks

No. The consultants in question were appointed by the Department to carry out a review of traffic forecasts in January 1976. The revised forecasts suggested that a dual three-lane motorway would have sufficient capacity for the foreseeable future.

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