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10/07/03
London Motorways to be Widened
- Extra lanes planned for M1 and M25

TWO of London's busiest motorways are set to be upgraded according to plans published by the government today.

The M25, which circles London, and the M1 which heads north from the capital, are both earmarked to get extra lanes for parts of their length.

Some parts of the M25 have already been upped to four from three lanes and it is these parts that environmental campaigners point to as proof of the fallacy of building roads to reduce congestion. Some anti-road groups claim the south western section of the M25 has seen a 50 per cent increase in traffic since the introduction of four lanes.

However, the government has been persuaded of the need to invest some UKP6 billion on the road-widening scheme a it believes the sections it proposes to work on are notorious traffic jam black spots.

Transport Minister Alistair Darling has recently floated the idea of introducing tolls on motorways and there is some talk that the sections with new lanes will be kitted out with toll booths.




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