§ Mr. Madel
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when major repairs between junctions 9 and 10 on the M1 were last completed; why further repairs are now necessary; why such repairs will last from March to December; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
[holding answer 8 February 1993]: The last substantial repairs on this section were completed in March 1991 and involved extensive patching to maintain the safety of the carriageway until the proposed widening of the motorway.
The works planned for this year are improvement works to widen the motorway to four lanes. At the same time major maintenance works will be carried out to extend the residual life of the existing carriageway. The extensive nature of these works is reflected in the contract period.