HC Deb 17 October 1939 vol 352 cc720-2W
Mr. Joel

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can now provide a list of the road schemes, contained in the appendix to the estimates for his Department for 1939–40, which have definitely been placed by him in the Class A category, that is to say, in the category of schemes which are of national importance, and which are to be continued despite the need for economy?

Civil Estimates, 1939 (Roads, etc.).
Authority. Scheme. Estimated cost.
Five-year Programmes (1935). £
Argyll County Council Arrocher—Lochgilphead—Campbeltown Road. Reconstruction from Ardrishaig to Lochgilphead. 118,000
Derby County Council and County Borough Council. New Roads: 156,000
(a) London Road, Alvaston to Nottingham Road, Spondon.
(b) London Road to Dickinson Street to connect with (a).
Durham County Council Newport Bridge Road. Construction 179,000
Durham County Council New Road. By-pass of level-crossing at Billingham 151,000
Oxford County Council Oxford—Bicester Road. Reconstruction 110,000
Lewisham and Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Councils. New Road from Bromley Road to Eltham By-pass 150,000
Long Term Schemes.
London County Council Wandsworth Bridge. Reconstruction 400,000
London County Council Waterloo Bridge. Reconstruction 902,000

Trunk Road. Scheme. Estimated cost.
London—Brighton Widening between Beggars Bush and Handcross By-pass. 188,000
London—Brighton Crawley By-pass 162,000
London—Portsmouth Kingston By-pass. Provision of dual carriageways between Burlington Road and Ewell Road. 110,000
South-west of Basingstoke—Southampton Road. Winchester By-pass 425,000
London—Penzance Widening between Torpoint and Trerulefoot. (Section Trerulefoot to Polbathic only to be completed. Estimated cost £87,383.) 284,000
London—Bristol Maidenhead By-pass. (Thames Bridge and approaches only to be completed. Estimated cost of Bridge £127,867.) 648,000
Swansea—Manchester Northwich By-pass. (Middle section only to be completed. Estimated cost £280,000.) 617,000

Captain Wallace

It has been decided to complete the following schemes, contained in Appendices II and III of the Roads, etc., Vote, 1939–40, because completion is either in the national interest, essential for the public safety or the most economical procedure. My hon. Friend will observe that it has been found possible in some cases to reduce the extent of the schemes.