HC Deb 10 April 1957 vol 568 cc1117-8
10. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what representations he has received from the Mayor of Lowestoft and others concerning the reconstruction of the harbour swing bridge at Lowestoft; whether he is aware of the inadequacy of the present bridge to deal with the amount of traffic passing through the town; what proposals are being examined to improve traffic facilities in this respect; and if he will make a statement on his intentions to deal with this problem.

Mr. Watkinson

I have very carefully considered all the representations made to me about the need to reconstruct the harbour swing bridge, including those made by the Mayor of Lowestoft. I have also carefully studied the reports of traffic conditions here and all other relevant considerations. I therefore fully appreciate the present traffic difficulties but the cost of a new bridge would be round about £200,000 and I regret that I cannot include it in the early years of the road programme.

Mr. Evans

We are very anxious to see the Lowestoft swing bridge opening as often as possible for the trade of the town, but is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the agitation for the reconstruction of the bridge has been going on for a very long time, that the traffic delays are quite intolerable, that the Minister has already approved an alternative site for the bridge, and that the plans have been examined by his own experts? Will he have another look at this matter to see whether he can bring this project a little more forward in his programme?

Mr. Watkinson

I will certainly have a look at it, but, as I have said, it will cost £200,000, and I cannot agree at the moment to give it any over-riding priority.