HC Deb 22 January 1997 vol 288 c608W
Mr. David Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the cost involved in renaming the M74 the M6. [11860]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The A74, A74(M), M74 route will be renamed the M6 on completion of its upgrading to full motorway status. A detailed cost estimate for the necessary signposting changes is not as yet available. Costs will, however, be kept to a minimum by overplating of existing signs wherever practicable.

Mr. Martlew

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the construction of the M74 to begin from the Scottish borders to junction 44 on the M6; and if he will make a statement. [11774]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The orders for the A74 Carlisle to Guardsmill improvement scheme are now being prepared for making. Once statutory procedures have been completed, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport will decide on the future programme for this scheme, taking into account the merits of including it in the M6 design, build, finance and operate contract.