HC Deb 11 February 1930 vol 235 cc207-8
33. Mr. WALKER

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he has considered, in view of the depressed condition of the steel trade, the erection of a steel bridge across the Thames as an alternative to the proposed tunnel at Dartford?


In the light of all the advice available I am satisfied that this traffic problem can best be solved by a tunnel. The construction of a tunnel would involve large orders for iron work and steel work.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility of allowing tenders for a bridge as an alternative to a tunnel in view of the fact that it is possible to have four lines of traffic on a bridge as against two lines of traffic in a tunnel, and that there is also the additional danger of the steep inclines which are involved in the building of a tunnel?


These are technical matters upon which experts will be called upon to give advice. It is hardly a matter for me.


Is it not the fact that, owing to the extreme flatness of the north bank, a bridge is really impracticable?

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