§ Mr. Wheeler
asked the Minister of Transport if he will list all the criminal offences associated with the motor vehicle excise licence.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Construction costs of motorways vary widely, depending on numerous factors including the terrain through which the new roads are constructed, and whether the location is urban or rural.
For inter-urban motorways, for which contracts have been let since 1973, the costs, at June 1979 prices, were in the range of £1.24 million to £4.91 million per mile for dual 2-lane motorways with a mean of £2.07 million; in the range of £1.48 million to £7.39 million per mile for dual 3-lane motorways with a mean of £2.61 million. Land costs and rehousing costs which are excluded from these figures, vary widely and can account for 10 per cent. or more of the overall cost of rural schemes. The average construction costs of urban motorways which pass almost entirely through built-up areas, tend to be between two and three times more expensive than rural motorways.