Mr. R. Duckworth
asked the Minister of Transport what toll bridges still operate on the trunk roads under the direct control of the Ministry of Transport; and why they have not been freed under the facilities provided by the Road Traffic Act?
§ Mr. Burgin
The only toll bridge under my direct control is that across the Menai Straits. This bridge was originally built, is being maintained and is about to be reconstructed at the cost of the taxpayer. The tolls levied are an offset to the charges falling upon the Exchequer in respect of the bridge. The Conway Bridge is vested in Commissioners who are the members of the town council for the time being. Discussions are taking place between my Department and the Commissioners as to the provision of a new bridge. The Selby Bridge is vested in a private company. The possible freeing of this bridge from tolls cannot be dissociated from the proposed Selby Bypass for which alternative lines are now being surveyed.
Captain A. Evans
asked the Minister of Transport how many toll bridges and roads have been freed under the facilities provided by the Road Traffic Act, 193o, during the past two years?
§ Mr. Burgin
Five toll roads and toll bridges have been freed from tolls during the past two years with the assistance of grants from the Road Fund.