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Midland Links Motorway

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on proposals for a northern relief route for the midland links motorway.

There is an urgent need to relieve the overcrowded M6 where it runs through the west midlands conurbation. Last year we consulted the public on a number of alternative routes for a high standard relief road around the north of the conurbation. All the routes would provide a good return on the investment. We received a wide variety of views as to the best route. The issues on such a major scheme are complex and selecting a preferred route is taking longer than expected but I am hopeful that we shall be able to make an announcement on this very important scheme fairly soon.