§ Sir John Farr
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what are the reasons for the current delay in the construction of the western section of the M1/A1 link road;
(2) what is the daily traffic flow on the A427 between Market Harborough and Lutterworth at the latest available date; and what is the projected flow (a) in five years' time, and (b) in 10 years' time, in the absence of an M1/A1 link;
(3) when he now expects to commence construction of the M1/A1 link road between Kettering and Lutterworth.
§ Mr. Atkins
The western section of the link road from Catthorpe to Kettering is divided into four contracts. Those for the Catthorpe interchange and the Rothwell-Kettering section are to be let shortly. Further progress on the two intermediate contracts is subject to the outcome of a public inquiry in February into objections to draft supplementary orders.
Approximate traffic flows on the A427 without the M1-A1 link road would be as follows:
Vehicles per day Present 1995 2000 9,000–10,000 10,000–12,000 11,000–14,000