HC Deb 15 May 1990 vol 172 cc357-8W
Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what year he expects the proposed widening of the M40 between junctions 1 and 3 to be completed; and what traffic flows, by volume, density and mix, he anticipates at Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield at this time and in the following 10 years.

Mr. Atkins

Consultants are to be appointed later this year to investigate options for carrying out the work—the preferred scheme is expected to be announced in 1990.

Subsequent progress would depend upon the nature of the scheme selected and the statutory procedures involved. Completion could be achieved by the late 1990s.

Actual traffic flows and forecasts between M25 (junction IA) and Beaconsfield (junction 2) are shown in the table.

Year Vehicles per day (000s) Weekday HGVs
1990 80 9
2000 120–140 12
2010 140–175 12