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London-Yorkshire Motorway

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1961

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53.

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement on the present position relating to the Leicestershire portion of the London-Yorkshire motor road; and when he anticipates completing that part and the whole of the project.

70.

asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made with procedures preliminary to the planned extension of the London-Yorkshire motorway since the publication of the scheme on 7th October, 1960; what procedures remain to be completed before construction can be commenced; and what is the minimum period in which these procedures can be completed.

The state of preparation of this motorway was described in the Answer which my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Leicester, North-West (Sir B. Janner) on 24th October. Since then the connecting roads scheme for the southern half of the motorway and the side road Order for Nottinghamshire have been published in draft.We are getting on well with the statutory processes for side road Orders and land acquisition. It is not, however, possible to state a minimum period for completion of them, for this depends on the nature and volume of objections received and on whether a public inquiry is necessary.It may be possible to complete these procedures and the engineering preparation in time to make a start at the southern end of the motorway during the next financial year.