§ Mr. Robert Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether tenders have been received for works to the A1 to upgrade to motorway standard between Wetherby and Boroughbridge; and what is the programme of works.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
No. The necessary preparatory works are not yet sufficiently advanced to enable tenders to be invited.
The proposed upgrading of the A1 to a motorway along the stretch in question is covered by two schemes in the roads programme. The first and more advanced is the Walshford to Dishforth scheme which was taken to public inquiry in March 1992. Subject to the satisfactory 484W completion of statutory procedures, and the availability of funds, tenders could be invited next year. The other is the Wetherby to Walshford scheme for which the preferred route was announced in September 1991. The next stage is publication of draft orders under the Highways Act 1980.