§ 63. Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress on schemes for widening the M4.
§ Mr. Atkins
We are planning four separate improvements to widen the 58 miles of M4 between M25 and Swindon, and the 10 mile stretch east of M5. For all these schemes the next key preparation stage is the announcement of a preferred scheme; that for the two sections between M25 and Theale (Junction 12) is expected next summer, between Theale and Swindon (Junction 15) in 1993, and for the Avon section (Junction 18 to 20) in 1992.