§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will list the dates of resurfacing work carried out on the Westway since 1987;
(2) to what extent the present repairs to the Westway in west London involve remedial work following the most recent previous repairs; and what amount and proportion of the costs of the current repairs are accounted for by such remedial work;
(3) why the current repairs to the Westway in West London were not carried out when the road was last under repair;
(4) what the difference is between the current repairs to the Westway in west London and those carried out in the most recent previous repair programme.
§ Mr. Norris
During an inspection of Westway in 1988, the waterproof membrane was found to have reached the end of its life. As an interim measure the defective membrane was patched in places between August and November of that year. This was the first time that Westway had been subject to substantial repair works since 1986. Following this interim measure, full waterproofing and resurfacing of the entire length of A40(M) is being carried out. In consultation with the police and the local boroughs—Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham—it was decided that to undertake all the work at once would cause unacceptable disruption to traffic on both Westway and the adjacent road network. The work was accordingly divided into two phases.
Phase I, from the Marylebone flyover to just short of Ladbroke grove, and the A40(M)/M1 flyover, started in September 1991 and was completed in February 1992. Phase II, which covers work at the A40(M)/M41 roundabout and the Wood Lane flyover, began in July 1992 and is due to finish at the end of November. None of the current work is remedial work. During carriageway closures, signed diversions are in operation.
Once the work is complete, I do not envisage resurfacing the Westway for many years.