HC Deb 16 February 1955 vol 537 c378
41. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether the expanded road programme makes provision for fly-over or fly-under crossings at Hammersmith Broadway and at the Elephant and Castle.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

In the Cromwell Road Extension scheme there will not be a fly-over at Hammersmith Broadway initially, but provision will be made for constructing one later if necessary. At the Elephant and Castle a fly-over is not considered suitable.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Does my right hon. Friend not think that at a time when we are proposing to make spectacular changes in road development in this country, these important changes should be introduced in the radial roads out of London? Why should we be more backward than the French, who provide these facilities at nearly every radial exit from Paris?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

My noble Friend will, I think, appreciate that this stretch of this road is one for which the London County Council is the improvement authority. The London County Council has indicated to me that it does not feel that a fly-over, which would cost £1 million, of which it would have to find 25 per cent., is desirable at this stage, but it has undertaken to protect the line of a future one so that one can be installed later, if necessary.