§ Mr. Roy Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an early statement concerning resurfacing work on the Severn bridge and associated problems and the consequent hold-ups on the M4 motorway.
§ Mr. Atkins
From Tuesday 12 December eastbound traffic on Severn bridge was restricted to a single lane in the interests of road safety due to unexpected difficulties with skid resistance on the new road surface. This caused6W extensive delays. Two-lane working was restored on Friday 15 December. The underlying cause of the problem is being investigated.