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Road Construction And Maintenance (Contracts)

Volume 14: debated on Monday 30 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish in the Official Report, in respect of contracts in excess of £100,000, for each year since 1979 the number of (a) motorway and (b) trunk road lane kilometres that were (i) constructed, (ii) reconstructed and (iii) resurfaced.

The number of lane kilometres of new or improved trunk road opened in England in each year in respect of contracts in the national programme (comprising schemes worth over £1 million at present prices) is approximately:

MotorwaysOther trunk roads
1979330180
1980270140
*1981230240
* Estimated.
The length of existing motorway in England reconstructed and/or resurfaced in each financial year is roughly:

Lane kilometres (excluding hard shoulder
1979–80300
1980–81500
1981–82600
It is not possible to provide separate data for reconstruction and resurfacing, and information on maintenance of all-purpose roads and of lane lengths for new construction contracts between £100,000 and £1 million is not held centrally.