Mid-Wales (Motorway)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th June 1974.

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Photo of Mr Geraint Howells Mr Geraint Howells , Cardigan 12:00 am, 24th June 1974

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans in the foreseeable future to extend the motorway through Mid-Wales from the Midlands to Aberystwyth.

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

A motorway is not justified but my right hon. and learned Friend intends to continue with the progressive improvement of the trunk roads eastwards from Aberystwyth to the English border.

Photo of Mr Geraint Howells Mr Geraint Howells , Cardigan

I am sure the Minister is aware that communications between the Midlands and Aberystwyth must be improved if we are to induce industrialists to settle in that area. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his reply, but has he any proposals to improve communications in the near future?

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

I take the point made by the hon. Gentleman. He will be pleased to know that a preliminary report on the scheme for improving the eastern approach to Aberystwyth was recently completed by consultants and is now under consideration. In addition, a feasibility study for improving the A44 between Aberystwyth and Llangurig has recently been completed and the report is under consideration.

Photo of Mr Caerwyn Roderick Mr Caerwyn Roderick , Brecon and Radnor

Does my hon. Friend appreciate that many people in Mid-Wales might consider that if money is available for communications it might be better spent on improving public transport facilities?

Photo of Mr Barry Jones Mr Barry Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Welsh Office)

I take the point, but I should like notice of that question.