asked the Minister of Transport when he anticipates that a start will be made on the construction of the Sheffield-Leeds motorway spur.
It is too soon to say when construction can start on this motorway. The draft scheme was published on 9th June and the period for objections does not expire until 8th September. We have then to consider the objections received and it may be necessary to hold a public inquiry. Thereafter detailed preparation of the project will require further statutory processes, for alterations to side roads and accesses and for acquiring land. The project is, however, being prepared for construction as fast as possible.