§ 25. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Transport what representations he has received on the need for new bridges over the Manchester Ship Canal; is it intended to take any action; and what are the prospects of a bridge at Eccles or Weaste, between Irlam and Barton, and a footbridge for the growing needs of Flixton and Irlam people?
§ Captain Wallace
Apart from a recent request for a foot-bridge at Irlam, the only representations I have received have been made through the hon. Member himself. In regard to road bridges, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 10th May. I am not in a position to make grants towards the construction of bridges for pedestrians only; but I understand that the Irlam and Urmston authorities have under consideration the possibility of providing a foot-bridge across the Canal and that, if a practical scheme can be devised, they will be prepared to proceed with it as soon as financial conditions permit.
§ Mr. Crossley
Is the Minister aware that this is in my constituency, and that I made representations on the subject of the footpath to his Department about a fortnight ago?