South Coast Trunk Road

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 19th April 1967

asked the Minister of Transport whether she will give an up-to-date progress report on the construction and cost of the south coast trunk road.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

The estimated cost of constructing the new South Coast Road between Chichester and Ower is £23 million. In Hampshire the first stage, the Havant By-pass, was opened to traffic in November, 1965. Work should start on the second stage, the Farlington and Cosham By-pass, later this year. It is hoped that work on the section from Portsmouth to Southampton will start about 1970. A scheme to extend this road further westward from Southampton to Ower is included in the preparation pool.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

If we are to enter the European Economic Community, will it not be essential to give increased priority to this important road?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Very high priority has been given to this important road, as will be seen from my Answer. This involves a very substantial investment.

Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe

Does the hon. Gentleman appreciate that one of the bottlenecks on this road is in the county of Surrey? Is he making arrangements for the improvements to be extended in this area?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

I am not sure to what the hon. Gentleman is referring.

Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe

The bottleneck on the A25 is in Surrey. What arrangements are being made to improve the road in this area?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

I have given the schemes which are now in course of construction and already programmed, but, of course, the hon. Gentleman will realise that this is connected with other schemes at both ends in order to get rid of a bottleneck.