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Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement about progress on the M66; and when he expects it to be open.

Supplementary orders for the northern section of the scheme in the Rhodes and Heaton Park area (which involves widening of the existing M66) were published this week. Construction of this section should start next year. Supplementary orders for the rest of the scheme will be published in the autumn with a view to start of works in 1992. The Department aims to have the whole of the new motorway open in 1996.