HC Deb 12 November 1951 vol 493 c640
35. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Minister of Transport how many toll bridges and roads are operated by local authorities; and what steps he is taking to bring such operations to a rapid conclusion.

Mr. Maclay

Eight bridges and four roads. On three more roads there is a right to charge tolls, but it is not usually exercised. It is for the local authorities themselves to decide whether to stop levying tolls.

Mr. Shepherd

As no progress has been made in the last six years cannot my right hon. Friend do something in the matter? There are tolls in places like Littlehampton which are an intolerable nuisance in the year 1951.

Mr. Maclay

I quite agree that these tolls are a problem, but it is a very difficult moment for me to urge on the local authorities action which would involve them in extra expenditure.