HC Deb 25 January 1961 vol 633 cc153-4
37. Mr. A. Pearson

asked the Minister of Transport when he proposes to authorise the diversion of Route A.4119 from Mwyndy to the Ely Valley Road so as to open up a new route to the Rhondda Valley avoiding the present narrow, constricted and dangerous hills south of Llantrisant Town.

Mr. Hay

Whilst I recognise the need for the Llantrisant by-pass, there are many other schemes which have even greater priority. I regret that I cannot say when we shall be able to authorise it.

Mr. Pearson

Can the Minister give us sufficient reason why the traffic needs of the Valley regions are ignored in the execution of these schemes?

Mr. Hay

I do not think that that is really fair. We are not ignoring the needs of any part of the country. There may be argument as to whether or not we are doing enough at a particular time but, as I said in my reply, we recognise the need for this scheme and will do it when we can; but there are so many demands from all over the country that have to be reconciled that some order of priority has to be established.

38. Mr. A. Pearson

asked the Minister of Transport if he will now sanction the carrying out of the road improvement schemes at Primrose Hill, Llantrisant, A.473, and at Newbridge Road and Brynteg Hill, Llantrisant, B.4270, in view of the fact that approval has been withheld from these major improvement schemes for several years.

Mr. Hay

Whether these three small schemes can be included in the grant programme for 1961–62 will depend upon the priority which they are accorded by the highway authority, and on the funds available for works of this kind.