Mr. John Mark Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when the northern section of the M42 is to be completed.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The M42 motorway is now complete and open to traffic from the M5 (southern turn) to Appleby Magna, Leicestershire. An extension northwards to the M I near the east midlands airport will be a dual carriageway all-purpose trunk road, the A42.
Construction of the first section, the A42 Measham and Ashby bypass, will start on 3 August and take about two years to complete. Construction of the final section, the A42 Castle Donington north, will start in 1989, subject to the completion of the outstanding statutory procedures.