HC Deb 14 February 1961 vol 634 c1228
26. Mr. Lilley

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the movement of industrial traffic in Scotland is hampered by the presence of many weak bridges; and what action he contemplates to overcome this handicap to industrial transport.

Mr. Brooman-White

The strengthening of bridges of all sizes is a most important part of our road programme. Since 1st April, 1956, well over 300 have been strengthened, rebuilt or reprovided on a different road line. Of these over 50 have been substantial structures of span greater than 65 ft.

Mr. Lilley

I am greateful for that reply, but is the Minister aware of the considerable inconvenience caused to users of heavy industrial transport by the existence of many load-restricted bridges? Would he give an assurance to the House that the remedial measures being taken will be continued, when his funds are being concentrated on the reconstruction of major trunk roads?

Mr. Brooman-White

We are very conscious of the problem. That is why a substantial proportion of our funds has been used on these smaller schemes of which these bridges form part.