HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 cc374-5
22. Mr. Leavey

asked the Minister of Transport where he intends to re-erect the present overpass bridge now in use near Hyde Park Corner when it is no longer required on its present site.

Mr. Hay

This bridge belongs to the contractors, but I am sure that the London County Council is alive to any possible further use which could be made of it.

Mr. Leavey

Now that we have had some experience of this comparatively inexpensive but very effective form of overpass, will my right hon. Friend consider using it or something similar to it on some of the other road networks where, particularly in the summer months, we have immense traffic problems?

Mr. Hay

As I said in the Answer, the bridge is not ours but at the moment belongs to the contractors. It is for the London County Council and the contractors to decide whether it could be used elsewhere. We have investigated the possibility of using this temporary type of fly-over construction, but I am afraid that there are a number of difficulties involved, not least the fact that this type of construction is too light to carry the heavy types of traffic for which most of our all-purpose roads are designed.