HC Deb 09 February 1993 vol 218 c578W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to(a) establish clear productivity targets for each United Kingdom motorway and (b) appoint network managers for individual motorways or groups of motorways.

Mr. Kenneth Carlisle

Motorway performance depends on a wide range of factors, including particularly the traffic volumes at the time, maintenance requirements and accidents. Investment is carefully targeted to produce maximum return in reducing delay and accidents, subject to full environmental appraisal. The economic assessment of English motorway schemes continues to produce an overall benefit-to-cost ratio of 2.6:1.

The growing pressures of managing the network of motorways and other trunk roads in England were recognised in the reorganisation of responsibility within my Department in 1990 when regional network management divisions were established.