HC Deb 17 January 1995 vol 252 c415W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (i) motorway and (ii) trunk roads are currently(a) open, (b) under construction, (c) at the planning inquiry stage or (d) under active consideration as part of the roads programme either (1) as new motorway-trunk road or (2) as existing motorway-trunk road being widened; if he will identify in each case the location and parliamentary constituency; which projects will now be subjected to further review arising out of his response to the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment report; and what new assessment will be used.

Dr. Mawhinney

The information, which covers England only, is in the following table:

Miles of motorway Miles of all purpose trunk road
a) Open 1,905 9,465
b) Under construction
(Start of works to completion) New 59 24
Widening 14 89
c) Planning Inquiry Stage (Orders Published to Start of Works) New 30 43
Widening 193 55
d) Under active consideration as part of the Road Programme New 99 798
Widening 598 176

The location of schemes in the national road programme is shown in the "Trunk Roads in England 1994 Review" published by my Department in March last year. Copies are in the Library of the House.

I have asked the chief executive of the Highways Agency to send the hon. Member details of the parliamentary constituencies in which those schemes fall. A copy of those details will be placed in the Library.

All schemes at the planning stage will be reviewed against the guidance issued to the Highways Agency with the Government's response to the SACTRA report.