HC Deb 16 March 1955 vol 538 cc1288-9
35. Mr. Warbey

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress has been made in the discussions he has conducted with the highway authorities and the British Transport Commission with the aim of securing a general agreement on the maintenance of roads over railway bridges and approaches.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am not in a position to make a statement on this subject.

Mr. Warbey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that discussions on this problem have now been going on for several years? Is it really beyond the ingenuity of his Department to work out a simple and sensible scheme which would be acceptable to both main parties concerned? How much longer have roads over railway bridges got to remain in their present deplorable condition?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

It is not a matter of the ingenuity of my Department but of an agreement of some financial importance between the British Transport Commission on the one hand and the local authorities on the other. I hope that they will soon be able to come to an agreement.

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