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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for commencing and completing the extension to the M42 toll road. (92490)

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the M54 to M6/M6 toll link road as the M42 is not a toll road and the M6 toll road is not being extended.

Currently, the feasibility of options is being considered to support the case for the link road scheme to enter the Targeted Programme of Improvements. The new M54 to M6/M6 toll link road should open to traffic around 2012 (subject to the usual statutory processes), helping to free up current bottlenecks and to improve road travel through the region.