HC Deb 05 February 1969 vol 777 c381
7. Mr. Galbraith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in view of the doubt as to the ultimate need for a wider Great Western Road in Glasgow, if he will advance funds so that the Clyde and Kelvindale Expressways may be constructed first and subsequently decide on the necessity of any alteration to the Great Western Road.

Dr. Mabon

No, Sir. I accept the corporation's view that the prior need is for the completion of Great Western Road as a dual-carriageway route.

Mr. Galbraith

Is it right for the hon. Gentleman to wash his hands in this way of a matter of this importance and shelter behind the corporation when, without the money he is providing, nothing would be done? In view of the unique nature of this road going through a highly populous district of great amenity, would he not consider building roads on either side in the hope that, once they are built, it will not be necessary to spoil this road?

Dr. Mabon

I have looked most earnestly into this matter, and, of course, I see the hon. Gentleman's concern, and I share it, about the actual route itself, and also about the trees, in particular. I am sure the corporation will do everything possible to make sure that, with the improvements, amenities are preserved, and as many of the trees as possible. We looked into the question of the alternatives. The early improvement of Great Western Road is required for the increased flows of traffic from the north and west flanks of the Inner Ring Road. All the engineering advice given to us, both Departmentally and from the corporation, is that we must proceed with this road.