HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 cc60-1W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1) if he will give an estimate of the percentage which would have to be added to the cost of working one shift if road repairs and construction were worked in two shifts, and three shifts, respectively, so producing the finished result, in a half to roughly one-third of the time now taken for such operations;

(2) what greater speed in completing roadworks he estimates could be made if such road work were carried on in two or three shifts instead of the present one shift arrangement.

Mr. Watkinson

The time saved and the additional cost would vary greatly from one scheme to another; but, very broadly speaking, compared with one-shift working two-shift working would complete a scheme in about three-quarters of the time at 5.15 per cent. increased cost, while three-shift working would halve the time at a 15.25 per cent. increase in cost.

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