HC Deb 11 March 1981 vol 1000 cc361-2W
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 the 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.