§ 36. Mr. Parker
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress has been made with the electrification of the Fenchurch Street-Southend line; and when it is likely to be completed.
§ Mr. Nugent
The British Transport Commission informed me that the scheme is proceeding according to plan and is likely to be completed in 1961. Recent progress includes the extension of station platforms and improvement of their lighting. The installation of the overhead structures is also well advanced and overhead wiring has begun. The new marshalling yard at Ripple Lane has already been brought partly into use, and, as I informed the hon. Member last week, the main fly-over at Barking has been completed.