HC Deb 02 August 1939 vol 350 cc2356-7
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. Smith

Is the Minister aware that this is one of the most important industrial areas in the country, that the traffic is increasing, and will he not stimulate the local authority to act in these matters?

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?

Captain Wallace

I am obliged to my hon. Friend.