§ 57. Mr. Pawsey
asked the Secretary of State for Transport by how much he anticipates that traffic flows on the M1 will be reduced when the M40 is completed; and what is the anticipated date of completion.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Our assessments indicate that once the M40 extension, from Waterstock to join the M42 at Umberslade, south of Birmingham, is complete, 77W somewhere in the range of 16,000 to 20,000 vehicles per day will transfer to the new road from the M1 . Any periods of traffic restrictions on M1 could increase this figure substantially.
On present programming, but of course subject to the outcome of the current litigation and the completion of the remaining statutory procedures, this road could be open to traffic in the early 1990s.