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Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the volume of traffic currently using the M6 motorway and for each of the next five years until 2030.

On some weekdays, 24-hour flows exceeding 100,000 vehicles have been recorded between junctions 11 and 16. A detailed breakdown of M6 traffic flow figures is given in "Information for Prospective Bidders" for the Birmingham-Manchester road competition. A copy is in the House Library. The "1989 National Road Traffic Forecasts" forecasts traffic demand to grow between 83 and 143 per cent. by the year 2025.Local influences may mean that traffic demand could differ from the national road traffic forecasts.