HC Deb 18 May 1960 vol 623 c1264
31. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Transport, in view of his repeated refusal to include in his programme the construction of the north-south by-pass at Shrewsbury, whether he will authorise the Shrewsbury Borough Council to proceed with a road between Monkmoor Road and Ditherington as a classified road.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. John Hay)

Since we cannot include the whole by-pass in the programme for some time, we are now considering whether we can include a scheme for a shorter by-pass, part of which would lie between Monk-moor and Ditherington. I am at present unable to say how soon funds might be found either for this or for the less attractive proposal of building only the section between Monkmoor and Ditherington as a classified road scheme.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Would my hon. Friend bear in mind that at Shrewsbury, due to its peculiar geographical position, a large proportion of the traffic which approaches the town is funnelled through the town by the river, and that there is no short solution to this except by the selection of one of these two roads?

Mr. Hay

Yes, that is why we are hoping to provide the interim by-pass to which I referred.

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