HC Deb 05 May 1971 vol 816 cc1369-70
31. Mr. Galbraith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made to date in his discussions with the local authorities concerned with the proposed Glasgow area passenger transport authority; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

I cannot yet add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Gorbals (Mr. McElhone) on 24th February.—[Vol. 812, c. 548–49.]

Mr. Galbraith

Will my hon. Friend confirm whether as part of these transport inquiries the Lomond-Maryhill Road is to be advanced in 1975? If so, might he not reconsider the decision to massacre the beauty of the Great Western Road, which is about the most noble entry to any city in Europe and one which Glasgow should not be forced to lose in circumstances which now seem to have changed since my right hon. Friend made his decision?

Mr. Younger

The Lomond Expressway is one of the questions that we must take into account in considering the whole matter of transport in the Glasgow area. I know my hon. Friend's interest in the Great Western Road. The corporation's present proposals involve a much smaller degree of destruction of the Great Western Road than was previously the case, and include the preservation of all the trees.