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Roads (Lighting And Signs)
06 February 1986
Volume 91
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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many miles of the M4 motorway between London and Pont Abraham are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(2) how many miles of the M5 motorway between Birmingham and Exeter are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(3) how many miles of the M3 motorway between London and Southampton are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(4) how many miles of the M2 motorway between Rochester and Faversham are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(5) how many miles of the M62 motorway between Liverpool and Wakefield are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(6) how many miles of the M62 motorway between Hull and Wakefield are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(7) if his Department intends to carry out any electrification work on the unlit section of the M1 motorway between junctions 26 to 29;(8) if his Department intends to carry out any electrification work on the unlit section of the M1 motorway between Newport Pagnell and junction 18;(9) if his Department intends to carry out any electrification work on the unlit section of the M1 motorway between junction 17 and junction 24;(10) how many miles of the M6 motorway between Rugby and Carlisle are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(11) how many miles of the M26 between Sevenoaks and Wrotham heath are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(12) how many miles of the M27 between Cadnam and Portsmouth are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(13) how many miles of the M25 orbital motorway are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(14) how many miles of the M32 between Bristol and Parkway are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(15) how many miles of the M40 between Denham and Oxford are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(16) how many miles of the M10-St. Albans bypass are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(17) how many miles of the M11 between London and Cambridge are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;(18) how many miles of the M18 between Rotherham and Goole are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;

(19) how many miles of the M20 between London and Folkestone are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections;

(20) how many miles of the M23 between Hooley and Pease Pottage are unlit; and if he will list the unlit sections.

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[pursuant to his reply, 19 December 1985, c. 296–7]: Some information sought by the right hon. Gentleman has subsequently become available and I am able to provide this within the cost ceiling to which I must have regard. The information now available is as follows:Between London and Pont Abraham 87 miles of the M4 are unlit in England.Between Birmingham and Exeter 115 miles of the M5 are unlit.Between London and Southampton 48 miles of the M3 are unlit.Between Rochester and Faversham 25 miles of the M2 are unlit.Between Liverpool and Wakefield 21·3 miles of the M62 are unlit.Between Hull and Wakefield 36·3 miles of the M62 are unlit.Between Rugby and Carlisle 168 miles of the M6 are unlit.Between Sevenoaks and Wrotham Heath 9·3 miles of the M26 are unlit.Between Cadnam and Portsmouth 28 miles of the M27 are unlit.52 miles of the M25 are unlitThe M32 is the responsibility of Avon County Council.Between Denham and Oxford 27 miles of the M40 are unlit.The entire 3 miles length of the M10-St. Albans by-pass are unlit.Between London and Cambridge 45 mile of the M11 are unlit.Between Rotherham and Goole 25·3 miles of the M18 are unlit.Between London and Folkestone 36·3 miles of the M20 are unlit.Between Hooley and Pease Pottage 16 miles of the M23 are unlit.The need for electrification works on motorways is kept under review by my Department. Plans presently exist to install further lighting on the M1 between Newport Pagnell and junction 16.