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Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 17 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport what is the timetable for the proposed extension of the Birmingham-Bristol motorway to East Brent; and why this is his only proposal for new road construction in Somerset.

The line of route for the southern section of the Birmingham- Bristol motorway is being investigated by consulting engineers. The preliminary survey is well advanced. I shall publish my proposals as a draft Scheme as soon as the necessary consultations with local authorities and other interests are completed.It should be possible for the other traffic needs of the county to be met by the improvement of existing roads. These improvements, including by-passes where necessary, will be carried out as funds permit.