§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy with regard to a Sheffield to Manchester motorway link.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
There are no proposals in the current roads programme to provide a new motorway link between Sheffield and Manchester. There are, however, a number of schemes in the programme which will improve journeys between the two cities. These include proposals for a new motorway link from the M1 to the M62 between Wakefield and Huddersfield; widening of the M62 between junctions 18 and 24; and improvements to the A616/A628 corridor. I shall, of course, keep the long-term trunk road network under review.