§ Mr. Greg Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what measures are in place to ensure that motorway roadworks are phased to prevent simultaneous workings being carried out close to each other on the same motorway; 
(2) when he expects the roadworks being carried out between junctions 24 and 25 of the M1 motorway to be completed; and what penalties will be imposed in the event that the works are not completed on time. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Tim Matthews, to write to the right hon. Member.746W
Letter from Tim Matthews to Mr. Greg Knight, dated 11 March 2002I have been asked by the Transport Minister, David Jamieson, to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions about phasing of motorway roadworks and about roadworks on the MI between Junctions 24 and 25.In line with the Road User's Charter targets, our aim is to see that a minimum of 90 per cent. of works carried out during a year are no more than 2.5 miles long and are at least 6 miles apart.To achieve this, we have a system of booking road space so that works are co-ordinated. We also liaise with local highway authorities to avoid, as far as possible, works on the motorway conflicting with works on adjacent local roads.There are, of course, exceptions where we have to carry out emergency works, or where it would be beneficial in terms of cost, safety and the environment.The roadworks on the MI between junctions 24 and 25 involve the installation of noise barriers, resurfacing the road with a low noise surface and putting in new drainage, advance work for a new communications network and improvements to structures. The work is being done in two stages, the first of which is due to finish this month. If it is delayed, and the delays are the fault of the contractor, then a penalty of £10,000 a day would be imposed. The second stage is due to start in April and take about two months. That contract will also be subject to similar penalties.If you would like any further information please contact the Agency's Area Manager, Steve Forgham. His telephone number is 0121 678 8506.