§ Mr. Bill Walker
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on trunk road policy in Scotland; and if he will list the major schemes on which work is expected to start in 1981, giving their total cost.
§ Mr. Younger
The Government's policies for trunk roads in Scotland remain those announced in my statement to Parliament on 5 June 1980 and contained in the362W document"Roads in Scotland: 1980", a copy of which was placed in the Library. The main objective of the programme is the improvement of roads which will assist economic development in Scotland.
The planned level of all expenditure on trunk roads in 1981–82—at November 1979 prices—is about £6 million lower than previously envisaged. It has therefore been necessary to review the programme of new construction and improvements which was announced last June and the following table shows the major schemes on which work is planned to start in the calendar years 1981 and 1982. The current estimated total cost of these schemes due to start in 1981 is £75 million.
Season of start Route No. Scheme Spring A74 Improvement between Johnstonebridge and Dinwoodie Lodge A82 Improvements at Eas Eonan and Derrydarroch A91 Improvements a Dairsie Junction A94 Improvement at Syde A94 Improvement at Pert A96 Improvement at West Adamston A835 Improvement between Silverbridge and Gorstan A972 Improvement at Glamis Road Roundabout Summer Al Improvement at Penmanshiel - Stage IV A9 Bypass of Evanton A9 Improvement between Guay and Tynreich A9 Improvement between Killiecrankie and Calvine A75 Improvement at Palnure - Stage II A78 Improvement between Dundonald Camp and Monkton A82 Improvement between Carnoch and Craigrannoch - Stage I A92 Thornton Bypass - Southern Section A94 Improvement at Balnabreich A742 Improvement between Greenock and Inverkip Autumn A1 Replacement of Tyne Bridge A9 Bypass of Auchterarder and Aberuthven A75 Bypass of Carsluith A77 Replacement of Bridgemill Bridge A832 Improvement at Garve Railway Crossing
New starts in 1982 are expected to include the bypasses of Tranent (Al), Canonbie (A7), Perth (A9), Collin and Creetown (A75) and Stonehaven (A94) and the first stages of reconstruction of the A74 Glasgow-Carlisle road in southern Strathclyde.