HC Deb 28 October 1987 vol 121 cc279-80W
Mr. Simon Coombs

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the additional cost of providing three-lane capacity on that section of the M40 for which he is currently proposing two lanes; and what this represents as a percentage of the total cost of the proposal for this section.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The estimated cost of the published proposals for the dual two-lane Waterstock to Wendlebury section of the M40 is £57.5 million. This includes provision for earthworks and structures to accommodate a dual three-lane motorway when traffic justifies it. It would cost an additional £4 million—7 per cent. of the cost — to provide the third lanes at the outset.

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