§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is to be the configuration of the M1 between junctions 5 and 8; and if he will make a statement on present construction plans.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The existing M1 will be reconstructed to form a new north-bound carriageway of three lanes between junctions 5 and 6 and four lanes between junctions 6 and 7. A new three-lane south-bound carriageway is now under construction east of the existing motorway between junctions 5 and 7. Between junctions 7 and 8 the existing carriageways will be widened to provide four lanes in each direction. The new south-bound carriageway should be completed by late 1982 and the entire scheme by autumn 1983.