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Beyond saying that there was an argument for allowing coaches and lorries to travel at any speed on special highways, the Minister of Transport would not be drawn by this question at a Press conference on Tuesday, at which details of the Government's preliminary 345mile motorway were outlined.
Vehicles using the motorway, he said, would be subject to the statutory speed limits prevailing at the time, but the matter might be reconsidered.
Before the main stretches of motorway are to be built—at a cost of £250,000 a mile—a series of by-passes will be constructed to motorway specification. Later these by-passes will be incorporated into the motorway system. The London-Yorkshire motorway will be the first to be built, work commencing on the southern part.
A Birmingham—Preston motorway will later be constructed, to be extended to Shap. It was, the Minister said, hoped to complete these schemes within 10 years and construction work should start in two years.
Ribbon development along the motorways would be prevented. Fuelmarketing rights would be allocated by the Ministry.