HC Deb 16 June 1937 vol 325 cc365-6
58. Major Procter

asked the Minister of Transport whether the proposed expenditure of £700,000 on a scheme for by-passing Selby, on the Liverpool-Hull main road, includes the cost of providing a modern and toll-free bridge in the centre of the town itself for the convenience of visitors; and, if not, what will be the additional cost of dealing with this aspect of the cross-river traffic problem at that place?

Mr. Burgin

No, Sir, my present proposal is for a new toll-free bridge, some 500 yards from the existing bridge, and a five-mile by-pass eliminating two level crossings. I am advised that the total cost of improving the present line through the town and replacing the toll bridge by a new toll-free bridge would be of the order of £500,000, but would afford traffic facilities much inferior to those to be provided under my proposal. I have, however, ordered a local inquiry at which objectors will have every opportunity of making representations.

66. Colonel Ropner

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a grant towards freeing the existing toll-bridge at Selby or assist in providing a new bridge in the same situation?

Mr. Burgin

No, Sir. I can hold out no hope of any such grant.