HC Deb 10 May 1939 vol 347 cc476-7
57. Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the urgent need for road bridges to be constructed over the Manchester Ship Canal, between Eccles and Trafford bridge, and between Barton and Irlam; what proposals have been considered; is it intended to take any action; and can he make a statement on this question?

The Minister of Transport (Captain Euan Wallace)

Two schemes for the construction of road bridges over the Manchester Ship Canal have been considered by the local authorities concerned and by the Manchester and District Regional Planning Committee:

  1. (1) between Mosley Road, Stretford, and Lancaster Road, Salford;
  2. (2) at a site three-quarters of a mile west of Barton Swing Bridge.
I shall, of course, be prepared to consider the proposals of the responsible local authorities as soon as they are in a position to submit them.

58. Mr. Smith

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the delay and congestion caused by the closing of the Manchester Ship Canal Barton Road bridge, and, in particular, the effect between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and will he take suitable action with a view of minimising the need to close the bridge between the hours stated?

Captain Wallace

I have no power to regulate the passage of ships on the Manchester Ship Canal, but I have been in communication with the Ship Canal Company regarding the swinging of the Barton Road bridge. The company state that the complaints they have received relate principally to delay alleged to be caused to pedestrians and cyclists going to work at Trafford Park in the morning, and that they are taking a census of such traffic with a view to considering whether it may be desirable to revise the times at which the swinging of the bridge should, so far as possible, be avoided.

Mr. Crossley

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend realise that when this bridge is up to allow for the passage of three or four ships, I sometimes have to go 15 miles round to get to my meetings?

Captain Wallace

My hon. Friend will see that we are inquiring into the matter.

Mr. E. Smith

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman be prepared to receive a deputation of Members of this House who are interested, in order that they may place evidence before him?

Captain Wallace

I am always delighted to receive hon. Members.