HC Deb 28 April 1965 vol 711 c442
27. Mr. Armstrong

asked the Minister of Transport what proposals he has for the improvement of the road from Crook to Bishop Auckland.

Mr. Swingler

This is a Class I road for which the Durham County Council is responsible. Strengthening and widening of the road southwards from Crook to Bishop Auckland will be carried out progressively over the next few years. A new high-level bridge will ultimately be required at Newton Cap. This will be an expensive project and we cannot say, at this time, when it is likely to be included in the roads programme.

Mr. Armstrong

Is my hon. Friend aware that the closing of the railway passenger services between Crook and Bishop Auckland has altered the priorities somewhat and has made this scheme particularly urgent? Will he review the allocations to the Durham County Council in order that the Council may carry out this very necessary work?

Mr. Swingler

Certainly my right hon. Friend is prepared to consider that matter. We have had only a short experience, as a result of the decision taken by my right hon. Friend's predecessor, of the closure of these railway services, but if the effects are severe we will be prepared, in consultation with the Durham County Council, to reconsider these matters.