§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement about the progress being made in improving the A.1 road between Hatfield and Stanborough, in particular stating whether the work is up to schedule and when it is due to be finished.
§ Mr. Marples
Work is in progress on the construction of a second carriageway on the A.1 from the Green Lanes junction to the Hertford Spur of the North Orbital Road (A.405) and on the widening of the carriageway between the "Comet" Hotel and the Stonehouse Hotel to provide a central reservation. Progress is generally satisfactory and the work should be completed by the early summer of next year. The Stanborough diversion, a dual carriageway road on a new alignment, is now being prepared. Subject to satisfactory progress on statutory processes, work should start next year and be completed two years later.