HC Deb 19 March 1957 vol 567 c201
31. Mr. Hubbard

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in the planning of roads in Fife leading to and from the Forth road bridge, consideration will be given to the road requirements necessary when a road bridge is built over the River Tay.

Mr. Maclay

The Forth Road Bridge Order, 1947, provides for extensive approach roads to link the bridge with the existing roads on both sides of the river. I am advised that the roads provided for in the Order would not require to be altered in the event of a bridge being built across the Tay.

Mr. Hubbard

Would the right hon. Gentleman not agree that there will be quite a big increase in the traffic on these roads, and on the existing roads between North Queensferry and Dundee, that this is in the middle of a coal developing area where extensive coal development is going on, and that it would be imprudent to spend any money unless one takes into consideration the increased volume of traffic?

Mr. Maclay

I think my reply covers the hon. Gentleman's point.

Mr. G. M. Thomson

Is the Secretary of State aware that the public inquiry into the Dundee Development Plan, which has been going on, has shown how impossible it is to plan the future development of Dundee without a decision by the Secretary of State on roads over the Tay?

Mr. Maclay

That is another question, I think.