HC Deb 16 January 1989 vol 145 cc95-6W
68. Mr. Jack Thompson

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to improve the road system in the north-east region.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The northern region has 18 schemes in the national roads programme at a current projected cost of £170 million. Spending on all schemes, national regional and maintenance, in the current year is estimated at over £50 million. The Department is also contributing in this financial year over £12 million in transport supplementary grant to assist local authorities in the region of constructing roads of more than local importance.

75. Ms. Armstrong

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give details of his plans to improve the road system in north-east England.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The Department's plans for developing the road infrastructure in the northern region are concentrated on the provision of a new north-south bypass to the west of Newcastle; the systematic improvement of the A1 north of Morpeth and the two main east-west routes—the A66 and A69; and the improvement of the main national routes into the area from the south. Other important schemes planned to start during the next few years include a western bypass of Durham City on the A167 and a bypass of Kenton Bank Foot and Woolsington on the A696.

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