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Maidstone By-Pass

Volume 530: debated on Monday 12 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware of the congestion which now occurs, both at weekends and market days, when approaching or leaving Maidstone, Kent, on the London and the Ashford Roads, due to increasing traffic between London and the North and the South-Eastern coastal resorts; if he will relieve this situation; and when he proposes to make a start with it.

I know of the congestion to which my hon. Friend refers and which will be relieved when the proposed by-pass is constructed, but, as I have already informed him, I cannot at present forecast when this work can be begun.

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how far rehousing problems are holding up the start of the construction of the Maidstone by-pass.

Rehousing problems are not, as far as I can see, likely to delay the eventual start; but, as my hon. Friend will have gathered from my answers of 25th June, other considerations enter into the timing of thin scheme.