HC Deb 16 May 1956 vol 552 cc1980-1
21. Mr. Skeffington

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware of the increasing traffic problem presented by the use of Rochester Way by newsprint lorries; and what progress is being made with the plans for an alternative route to relieve this pressure.

Mr. Molson

I am aware that Rochester Way carries heavy commercial traffic of all kinds, including newsprint lorries, and we hope eventually to provide a second carriageway there. There should then be no need for an alternative route.

Mr. Skeffington

Is the Joint Parliamentary Secretary aware that all these paper mills are served by an excellent rail system, and that if more newsprint went by rail it would considerably help the traffic flow and also contribute to safety on the roads? Will he look into that?

Mr. Molson

I always welcome the transfer of bulky traffic of that kind from the roads to the railways.