HC Deb 17 March 1993 vol 221 c265W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additions or improvements to the motorway system will be needed to cater for traffic using the proposed fifth terminal at Heathrow.

Mr. MacGregor

A number of schemes to improve the M25 and M4 in the vicinity of Heathrow are already in the national road programme and these will be needed whether or not a fifth terminal is to be built at Heathrow. In addition road access to the proposed fifth terminal would require a dedicated spur from the M25, and widening and junction improvements on the M4 between its junction 3 and the M25. I am adding schemes for these improvements to the programme so that the details of the road and traffic implications of a new terminal at Heathrow can be developed and considered alongside the planning application. I must stress that most of these further improvements will be needed only if the proposal for terminal 5 receives consent. We have reached agreement with the British Airports Authority on appropriate funding arrangements.

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