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Motorways: North Yorkshire

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to undertake motorway widening in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (255013)

There are no motorways in the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, and there are no plans for them in this area.

In the Tees Valley area, there have been three major new local authority roads built or under construction in the last four years:

South Stockton Link (completed 2005);

Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor (completed 2008);

North Middlesbrough Accessibility Improvements (under construction).

In addition we are currently considering a major scheme business case for a series of bus corridor improvements throughout the Tees Valley to improve reliability and journey times on public transport.

Access to the wider region has been improved following the completion of dual carriageways improvements to the A66 west of Scotch Corner, and will be improved further, upon completion of the upgrade to motorway standard, of the A1 between Dishforth and Leeming, which has just begun.