HC Deb 10 June 1959 vol 606 cc963-4
15. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will state the new revised approximate anticipated dates for the completion of the Hyde Park underpass, the Great West Road fly-over at Chiswick, and the fly-over at the Ace of Spades on the Kingston by-pass.

Mr. Nugent

The London County Council is aiming to complete the underpass at Hyde Park Corner by about the middle of 1962; the Chiswick fly-over should be in use in the autumn of this year and the Hook Road underpass on the Kingston by-pass should be completed by early next year.

Sir F. Medlicott

Is not this all terribly slow? Is not it also rather depressing to see the slow way in which the work is progressing on a five-day week basis? Cannot we have work done at night and have a real sense of urgency about the road programme?

Mr. Nugent

No, Sir. It is a most complex business to keep these very busy road junctions going at the same time as road works are carried out. It is possible to do the work at weekends and by overtime in special cases, but that would naturally increase the cost and would reduce the total volume of work that we can do. We think we get better value this way.