§ Mr. Macfarlane
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the 134W safety of the dual carriageway sections of the M25 and whether any accidents have occurred in that stretch on the northern orbital.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The M25 is two lanes in each direction through junction 5 (with A21) in the south and junctions 25 (A10) and 27 (M11) in the north. Traffic flows now and in the foreseeable future do not justify three lanes.
Between July 1983 and June 1986 there were one fatal and two serious accidents at junction 27. Between January 1980 and August 1986 there was one slight injury accident at junction 25.
Motorways are our safest roads. The M25 compares well with other motorways.