HC Deb 01 June 1960 vol 624 cc1421-2
26. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Transport what further consideration is being given, in respect of the proposed Eastern Avenue extension through the Borough of Leyton, to the problems involved in determining the eastern end of the extension; and if he will now give an approximate date for the commencement of this work.

Mr. Hay

The design of the junction at the easten end of the proposed Eastern Avenue extension is being studied with the help of information from a recent traffic survey. I cannot yet say when work is likely to start.

Mr. Sorensen

With regard to the first part of my Question, does not the Parliamentary Secretary appreciate that a further extension of the Avenue through that part of Leyton is very complex, and that the sooner it is examined, and a report made, the better it will be? With regard to the second part of my Question, does he appreciate that very many householders are in a very difficult position just now because they cannot sell their houses until they know when the work is likely to start?

Mr. Hay

The answer to the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question is that the roads there are in a complicated pattern, and we want the right answer before we proceed further. As to the second part of his supplementary question, we are well aware of the disquiet that may be caused to property owners and others about our future intentions. We published the Eastern Avenue Extension Order rather earlier than we normally would have done, to try to allay that anxiety as much as possible, but we shall certainly keep this matter very much in mind.