HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 c289W
Mr. Salmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of motorway in(a) Scotland, (b) the United Kingdom and (c) England has central reservation crash barriers; and if he has any plans to increase the proportion of motorway in Scotland which has such barriers.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

28 per cent. of trunk road motorway in Scotland currently has central reserve safety fencing. I understand that the English motorway network is fully equipped with central reserve fencing, except where the carriageways are widely separated, and that the position is the same in Wales and Northern Ireland. Our policy is to achieve this position in Scotland as quickly as resources and opportunities permit.

1991 Mr. David Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many miles of existing motorway in Scotland crash barriers will be provided by the end of(a) 1989, (b) 1990 and (c)

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

[holding answer 16 January 1989]It is Scottish Office policy to instal central reserve safety fencing on all new sections of motorway. So far as existing motorway is concerned, central fencing will be provided as quickly as resources and opportunities permit until all sections have been completed. The work is ongoing and I would not wish to speculate over annual rates of progress.