40. Mr. FOOT MITCHELL
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is prepared to introduce legislation to give power to his Department or to local authorities to compel railway companies to provide footbridges over dangerous level crossings?
§ Mr. GOSLING
I cannot undertake to introduce legislation on the lines suggested by the hon. Member. I would remind him that the provision of footbridges at level crossings would usually be of the nature rather of a convenience than of a necessary precaution.
§ Mr. B. SMITH
Will the hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that men who use the level crossings very often lose as much as 20 minutes out of their dinner hour in waiting for a train to go through, and that a footbridge would obviate this?