Motorway Construction

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th January 1970.

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Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire 12:00 am, 27th January 1970

asked the Minister of Transport what is the average time taken for the construction of a motorway, from the start of the feasibility study on the project until the motorway is opened for traffic.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

The period varies widely according to the complexity of individual schemes, but under current procedures major motorway schemes are expected to take, on the average, about seven years from the start of feasibility study or initial preparation to completion.

Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire

Although conceding the right of any individual or organisation to object to or appeal against a decision, is not a period of 6–7 years far too long? We can never cure the great and growing problems that face the country unless we considerably shorten the present procedures.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

It would be difficult to shorten the procedures, because major motorway schemes are very complex. Any Government must ensure that all the procedures are followed so that individuals' rights are safeguarded.

Photo of Mr Michael Heseltine Mr Michael Heseltine , Tavistock

If it takes seven years to go through the procedures, will it not be impossible, in view of the small number of roads now being planned, to continue the road building programme after 1972?