HC Deb 01 February 1961 vol 633 c962
2. Mr. Denzil Freeth

asked the Minister of Transport what plans he has for strengthening the Tothill bridge on A.34 over the railway line at Burghclere. Hampshire.

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

We expect to reconstruct the bridge within the next three years.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

I thank my hon. Friend for that first information on the subject, but is he aware that this bridge has been unsafe for a very long time, that the use of the detour by traffic results in higher costs, and that a great deal of heavy traffic does not use the detour and presumably, therefore, runs into danger? Is it not possible to expedite the work by, say, twelve months?

Mr. Hay

I wrote to my hon. Friend in detail about this on 22nd September last, so this is not the first time he has heard of our intention to reconstruct within three years. We shall certainly proceed with the work as quickly as we can. Last year, we authorised repairs costing £1,100 to ensure the life of the existing bridge for a further period.

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