asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, with a view to eliminating road accidents, he will incorporate in the suggested motorway from Edinburgh to Glasgow that area of the A.8 highway lying to the south of Coat-bridge and Airdrie.
Before this part of A.8 could be converted into a motorway, alternative accesses to the developments served by it and an alternative route for the traffic which would be excluded from the motorway would have to be provided. Physical conditions would make it very difficult to satisfy these requirements and the works involved would be very costly. While investigations into the matters will continue, it is impossible to say now whether the hon. Member's suggestion is or is not practicable.