HC Deb 13 November 1979 vol 973 c532W
Mr. Alton

asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied with the traffic figures submitted by his Department to justify the construction of the M11 motorway; and what are the reasons why so little traffic uses it.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Construction of the southern dual-lane sections of the M11 began in 1972, when assumptions about national traffic growth were higher than those used today. Traffic flows will, moreover, remain comparatively low until the route is complete: the section to Stump Cross will open shortly, the Cambridge Western bypass to the A604 should be finished next year, and the A604 improvement connecting it to the A1 near Huntingdon in 1981. More traffic will also use the M11 when the connecting sections of M25 open.