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Road Works (Acton)

Volume 35: debated on Wednesday 19 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of trunk road works and compensatory arrangements for those adversely affected in Perivale, Greenford and Northolt.

The three contracts on this length of the A40 are progressing satisfactorily. Negotiations on compensation for loss of land and property are either completed or under way. Noise insulation is being provided for eligible dwellings.

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply and for the care that she and her Department have taken over road works in that part of my constituency. Is she aware that many people are suffering to the point of having to take tranquillisers to steady their nerves? Will she assure me that people and their property will be looked after and completely protected from the effects of the road works?

I thank my hon. Friend for his comments about the help that he has received from the Department. There are three quite separate elements to compensation. The first is for loss of property, the second is to help with noise prevention and the third is for loss of amenities. All those matters will be dealt with. Negotiations are proceeding for the double glazing of about 200 properties, and we have completed about three-quarters of the qualifying properties about which my hon. Friend has been so concerned.