HC Deb 29 January 1958 vol 581 cc359-60
35. Mr. D. Price

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he can yet say when it is intended to build a fly-over at the junction of A.35 and A.36 lying between Totton and Millbrook, in view of the dangerous nature of this crossing and the increasing volume of traffic leading to a high accident rate.

Mr. Nugent

No, Sir. Analysis of traffic counts has taken longer than expected, but I hope we shall be able to reach a decision shortly on the best way to deal with this junction.

Mr. Price

Is my hon. Friend aware that this junction is not only inefficient but could not be designed more dangerously if all the engineers in my hon. Friend's Department put their minds to it? This matter has dragged on for a long time and has been causing considerable concern lately, not only to pedestrians and motorists but also to industry.

Mr. Nugent

Yes, I know the junction needs to be improved, and we hope shortly to decide what that improvement should be.

Dr. King

Will the Minister bear in mind that this is a fork on one of the most heavily used roads in the South, and will he treat this matter as one of urgency?

Mr. Nugent

I have tried to make it plain that we hope to decide shortly on the right solution. After all, we shall have to decide on the priorities of the work to be done.