HC Deb 31 July 1923 vol 167 cc1260-1

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if he is aware of the inconvenience caused at Thorne, near Doncaster, by the failure of the canal company and local authorities to agree to the strengthening and widening of two bridges which are the only approaches to the town; if he has made inquiries into this question and, if so, with what result; and, if not, whether he will cause inquiries to be made at once with a view to facilitating this improvement?

Colonel ASHLEY

This matter has been under negotiation for a considerable time. I have some hope that an arrangement will be arrived at in the near future for the reconstruction of the two bridges in question. I have received a proposal from the navigation company, and this is now before the West Riding County Council for their consideration.


Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman assure the House that he will speed up the negotiations and so facilitate the work on these bridges in view of heavy traffic across the bridges?

Colonel ASHLEY

I quite appreciate the hon. Member's point of view and I am doing all I can.


Will the Ministry of Transport do something with other bridges in the West Riding, and in the county generally where they are suffering from the same inconvenience?