M25

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1990.

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Photo of Mr John Marshall Mr John Marshall , Hendon South 12:00 am, 12th February 1990

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about future improvements to the M25.

Photo of Mr Robert Atkins Mr Robert Atkins , South Ribble

We propose to widen the M25 to dual four lanes. We shall also issue soon an action plan for the motorway following up the recent consultants' review which will propose a range of further improvements.

Photo of Mr John Marshall Mr John Marshall , Hendon South

Although I congratulate my hon. Friend on his proposals to improve the M25, which is Britain's longest traffic jam, may I suggest that by the 21st century they will be inadequate? Will he consider building a son of the M25, an outer M25, to relieve the congestion on that motorway?

Photo of Mr Robert Atkins Mr Robert Atkins , South Ribble

I am sure that my hon. Friend did not mean to suggest that somehow the M25 was bad news. It is extremely good news. It is, by definition, a victim of its own success. Many people in villages on either side of it who suffered from congestion and environmental disadvantage before it was constructed are considerably better off. My hon. Friend's points about the improvement of the M25 are well taken, but he will understand that if it passed through his constituency, he might take a different view.