§ 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.). APPENDIX II. 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
APPENDIX III. 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.