HC Deb 23 April 1951 vol 487 cc16-7
36. Mr. Peter Thorneycroft

asked the Minister of Transport the total expenditure on the construction of the new bridge at Llantarnam, Monmouthshire; and whether the width of the new carriageway for vehicular traffic, excluding kerbs, is wider or narrower and, if so, by how much than the previous bridge.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Barnes)

The total cost of this bridge, including the approach roads, is about £14,900. The carriageway of the new bridge, which is a temporary structure, is 3 ft. 9 in. narrower than that of the old one, which had no proper footpath. There is a 5 ft. footpath cantilevered outside the new bridge.

Mr. Thorneycroft

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he has now so narrowed this bridge that it is virtually impossible for two buses to pass? Is not £14,000 a lot of money to spend on narrowing a bridge?

Mr. Barnes

This bridge is of the standard cantilevered Callender type, and because of this the carriageway cannot be varied. It is a temporary bridge as the hon. Gentleman knows.

Mr. Harmar Nicholls

Has the Minister asked for the views of the local Road Safety Committee as to how this bridge will affect road safety in that area?