HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 cc420-1
72. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in connection with the highways development scheme, he has considered proposals for the traversing of the docks other than by swing bridges, and urging the desirability of constructing the prospective Thames tunnel so that it goes under the docks; and with what result?

Mr. Burgin

No proposals are made in the Highway Development Survey for Greater London for a tunnel under the docks or for traversing the docks other than by opening bridges.

Mr. Sorensen

Has the right hon. Gentleman had representations made to him by various bodies in London concerning this particular alteration of the original proposal?

Mr. Burgin

No, Sir, not that I am aware of. Opening bridges in the docks could only be avoided by constructing either a high level bridge or a tunnel. A high level bridge would have to be very high, a tunnel would have to be very deep, and both would be very expensive.