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30Aug91 UK: ROADS MINISTER HINTS AT MORE PARALLEL WIDENING OF MOTORWAYS.

The Government has hinted that it plans to extend the use of parallel widening in increasing road capacity.The Minister for Roads and Traffic Christopher Chope said the method would be used on motorways where practical.He was speaking during a visit to widening work on a section of the M5 between Junction 6 and 8 in Hereford.The £59 million scheme involves building a three-lane carriageway alongside the existing two-lane motorway.When the new carriageway and bridges are built, traffic will be transferred from one lane of the existing motorway on to the new road.