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Road Congestion

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce congestion on the roads serving (a) Nottingham East Midlands and (b) Birmingham airports. (114260)

Schemes to reduce congestion on roads serving Nottingham East Midlands and Birmingham International Airports are as follows:

(a) Nottingham East Midlands Airport

The Highways Agency has two schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements adjacent to Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

The widening of the M1 to four lanes between Junctions 21 and 30 is currently planned for the period 2007 to 2014-15. The section between Junctions 21 and 25, adjacent to the airport, together with the improvement of Junctions 23A, 24 and 24A and construction of the A6 Kegworth Bypass, is currently planned for the period 2010 to 2014-15.

The widening of the A453 between M1 Junction 24 and the A52 at Nottingham is currently planned for 2008-09, with completion in 2011-12. The A453 proposals would assist in the provision of reliable access between the proposed Parkway railway station and the Airport.

(b) Birmingham International Airport

Active Traffic Management (ATM) with hard shoulder running was implemented on M42 Junctions 3A-7 on 12 September 2006. The full widening of this section of motorway will be considered following an assessment of the impact of the ATM pilot project. The Highways Agency expects this work to be completed in 2008. One of the factors to be taken into account in this assessment will be the need to provide adequate strategic access to cater for any future expansion of Birmingham International Airport.