HC Deb 03 July 1957 vol 572 cc121-2W
82. Major Beamish

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what arrangements will be made under Section 6 (7) of the Transport Act, 1947, for examining the British Transport Commissions' proposal to close the railway between Lewes and East Grinstead.

Mr. Watkinson

In accordance with the view of the Special Report from the Committee of this House on the British Transport Commission Bill I have asked the Central Transport Consultative Committee to take the exceptional course of themselves conducting a local public inquiry into this proposal when it is submitted again. At the same time I want to make it clear that I have the fullest confidence in the ability and integrity of the Area Transport Users' Consultative Committees, who normally review proposals for closing branch lines, and in particular of the South-Eastern Area Committee, which has already been concerned with this scheme.

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