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M25 (Repair Costs)

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether the cost of repairing the cracks in the Reigate to Leatherhead section of the M25 will be paid for from public funds; and if he will make a statement.

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Mr. Gardiner) on 23 October, under the provisions of the contract, it is for the Department's consulting engineers, W. S. Atkins and Partners, which is the engineer for the contract, to determine where the responsibility lies. That determination will be binding unless referred to arbitration by the Department or the contractor.I have no contractual powers to impose a timetable on the engineer to produce his determination, although I have explained I would like it to be dealt with expeditiously. This is, however, a complex technical matter which requires thorough investigation and careful consideration.

Scheme Title
Value (£ million)Date awarded
M4Resurfacing junctions 18 and 17, Wilts0·218 April 1983
A40Overlay from Sandhills-Holton, Oxon0·527 April 1983
M1Strengthening of carriageways and hardshoulders in Bedfordshire2·71 July 1983
A38Strengthening Voss farm and Lee hill, Devon0·62 September 1983
M4Reconstruction junctions 17 and 16, Wiltshire1·55 April 1984
M1Strengthening of carriageways in Bedfordshire1·715 May 1984
M5Resurfacing, and repairs to expansion joints, Oldbury viaduct, West Midlands0·124 May 1984
A38Major strengthening, Burton-on-Trent bypass, stage 3, Staffordshire0·94 June 1984
A17Remedial works, Heckington bypass, Lincolnshire1·026 June 1984
M1Reconstruction junctions 14 and 15, Buckinghamshire1·53 August 1984
M5Widening and reconstruction Warndon-Catshill advance works, Hereford and Worcestershire3·214 September 1984
A303Major maintenance, Mere bypass, Wiltshire0·21 November 1984
A419Resurfacing at Stratton St. Margaret bypass, Wiltshire0·420 November 1984
M4Overlay junctions 18 and 19, Avon0·325 February 1985
M5Resurfacing junctions 3–4, Hereford and Worcestershire1·022 March 1985
M5Resurfacing junctions 12–14, Gloucestershire2·125 March 1985