HC Deb 16 December 1958 vol 597 cc187-8W
111 and 112. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what improvements in the Glasgow- Greenock road, A.8, are planned; when it is intended to implement these schemes; and how much local labour would be employed in these operations;

(2) if, in view of the adverse unemployment situation in West Renfrewshire and Greenock, he will advance schemes to improve the Glasgow-Greenock road, A.8.

Mr. Maclay

The reconstruction of the railway bridge at Langbank is nearing completion, and I hope that work will start on six more improvement schemes on A.8 and on some other improvements of trunk and classified roads in the Greenock-Port Glasgow area, in the first half of next year. In addition, I am prepared to authorise an improvement of A.8 at Main Street, Greenock, as soon as the Town Council submit an acceptable scheme.

The total estimated cost of all these schemes is about£460,000. It is difficult to estimate accurately how many local men may be employed on them, but the number may be about 110.

I am ready to examine sympathetically any further schemes which the highway authorities in the area may wish to put forward and on which work could start at an early date.