Birmingham-Preston Motorway

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1959.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South 12:00 am, 25th March 1959

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will treat as a matter of urgency the need for the completion of the new trunk road which will relieve the main road through Trent Vale, in the City of Stoke on Trent.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the proposed Birmingham-Preston motorway. A draft Order has already been published for Staffordshire, and we hope soon to be able to publish draft Orders for Cheshire and Lancashire. Three large viaducts on this motorway will take longer than the other work, and tenders have already been invited for work on them.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South

That is good news which the people will appreciate, but can any more be done to facilitate the work being carried out to ease the traffic on the roads?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

We realise that this will be a great blessing to the hon. Member's constituency. We are proceeding with all speed with the preparatory work.