HC Deb 28 February 1928 vol 214 c205

asked the Minister of Transport what progress is being made with the work of abolishing existing railway level crossings over public roads; and whether he will consider the desirability of obtaining power to require the substitution of a bridge for a level crossing?

Colonel ASHLEY

With assistance from the Road Fund, 16 bridges have been or are being built enabling level crossings to be avoided. Negotiations respecting at least 10 other important level crossings are now proceeding, and will, I anticipate, be successful. There are, doubtless, many other cases where schemes which are being considered by local authorities have not yet been brought to my notice. I do not think there is any immediate need for fresh legislation.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that a well-considered scheme was presented by the city of Hull, and that he turned it down and would not give a shilling towards it?

Colonel ASHLEY

I am quite aware of that. I recollect the case very well, and the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Ken-worthy) asked me to find far too large a share of the cost.