HC Deb 16 February 1955 vol 537 cc377-8
40. Mr. Storey

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if, in view of his decision to include a high-level bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal at Barton in his programme of major road works for the years 1956–9, he will now authorise the Lancashire County Council to increase the rate of work on the south approach and to begin work on the north approach.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I will consider any proposal which the Lancashire County Council may care to put to me. My hon. Friend is, no doubt, aware that the line of approach on the north side was the subject matter of objection at a recent public inquiry.

Mr. Storey

Is my right hon. Friend aware that tipping has already started on the south approach and that it could be considerably increased if the necessary authority was given to the Lancashire County Council? Will the Minister take every step possible to expedite the commencement of work on the north side, because this bridge is necessary to industry and to the workers in Trafford Park?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I agree that this bridge is necessary, and that is why it is in the programme. I believe that tipping on the south side is proceeding fairly satisfactorily and economically.