HC Deb 17 March 1925 vol 181 cc2100-1W

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that travellers wishing to reach the City of London, living on the south side of Barking and Commercial Roads from East Ham to Whitechapel, have no other means of transit except tramcars and omnibuses and a round-about railway system with a half-hour service; that the local authorities have made representations in favour of a tube railway; and whether, in view of these representations, the inconvenience suffered by the public, and the considerable numbers of unemployed in the district affected, he will consider the question of assisting the existing underground railway service to construct a tube railway from Aldgate to Barking, serving the Commercial and Barking Roads?

Colonel ASHLEY

I am not aware that any of the underground railway companies propose to seek statutory powers for the construction of a new tube railway from Aldgate to Barking. In the event, however, of such powers being obtained, it would be open to the promoters to ask the Trade Facilities Act Advisory Committee to recommend that assistance by way of guarantee should be given. I have asked the London Traffic Advisory Committee to consider and report on the passenger transport facilities between the City and Ilford, Romford and Barking.