HC Deb 01 February 1961 vol 633 c964
8. Mr. Greenwood

asked the Minister of Transport when the line of the Edenfield-Rawtenstall by-pass will be fixed.

Mr. Hay

We hope to publish our proposals for the line of the by-pass of Edenfield and the Rawtenstall level crossing later this year. There will then be three months for the submission of objections. How soon thereafter the line can be established will depend on whether it is necessary to hold a public inquiry.

Mr. Greenwood

In view of the hardship to local residents and the inconvenience to the local authorities, will the hon. Gentleman assure me that there will be no undue delay in removing the uncertainty which now exists?

Mr. Hay

Yes, certainly. Everything will depend upon the volume of objections we receive and whether we have to hold a public inquiry. If local residents are anxious to see the thing through and do not abject, we may proceed with it much more quickly.