asked the Minister of Transport what new schemes for highway development are contemplated in the next three years for County Durham; and what major schemes are on the priority list for the county.
The most important trunk road project planned for the immediate future in County Durham is the Darlington by-pass motorway on which I hope to be able to start construction later in the present financial year. Work should also start this year on the widening and realignment of the A.1 at Croxdale.I have recently informed the Durham County Council that I shall be prepared to consider for grant during the three-year period 1961–62–1963–64 the following major schemes on classified roads:
- Holdforth Diversion (A.177).
- Durham City Relief Road.
- Axwell Park, Winlaton Hill, Improvement (A.694).
- King George Road Diversion (A.19).
Other schemes, including smaller improvements, which may be considered for grant during this period will be notified to the county council as soon as practicable.