HC Deb 09 May 1934 vol 289 cc1075-6
20. Mr. GUY

asked the Minister of Transport the number of occasions since the commencement of the new ferry system across the River Forth at Queens-ferry when the service of one or other of the ferry boats has been interrupted owing to tidal, weather, or pier difficulties?


I am informed by the operators of the ferry that the full service was inaugurated on 21st March and provides for 64 crossings daily. The total number of crossings up to and including 6th May should have been 3,008. The actual number fell short of this by 93, owing chiefly to heavy gales on four consecutive days in April. At no time during any day was the service entirely suspended, and on no day was the number of sailings less than the number required by the ferry contract.


However efficient this service may be, does not the Minister agree with his predecessor that the ideal solution of the transport problem across the river would be a road bridge?


That hardly arises out of this question.