HC Deb 08 July 1981 vol 8 cc155-6W
Mr. David Young

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, in assessing the need for motorway and trunk road provision and repair, his Department has available estimates of the contribution full use of each motorway makes to the level of economic activity.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Yes. This contribution is reflected primarily in the traffic using or expected to use the road, and full account of the expected economic benefits is taken in assessing the priority of new schemes and their standards. We also now take special account of the risk and likely costs of traffic disruption during future maintenance.