HC Deb 01 April 1960 vol 620 cc173-4W
Sir F. Markham

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give details of the six schemes for converting abandoned railway lines into roadways or to other purposes.

Mr. Marples

The current proposals relate to the following routes:

  1. 1. Part of the reconstruction of the Heads of the Valleys Road, A.465. (Five miles of track between Dowlais Top Junction and Tafarnau-bach and between Tafarnau-bach and Beaufort.)
  2. 2. The Monmouth (Gibraltar and Mitchel Troy) Diversion on A.40 (approximately 1¼ miles of track near Mitchel Troy).
  3. 3. An improved route for A. 17 from near Sutton Bridge, Holland, to the Norfolk-Holland County Boundary and from there to the Borough of King's Lynn by-passing Cross Keys, Terrington St. Clement and Clenchwarton. (Approximately 9 miles along part of the route of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway.)
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  5. 4. The improvement to A.470 between Tongwynlais and Abercynon. (Approximately 1½ miles on suctions of line at Tongwynlais and between Upper Boat and Rhyd-y-felin.)
  6. 5. Buckden flyover on the Great North Road between A.1 and A.141 using a section of railway line already bridged by the trunk road. (Approximately ¼ mile.)
  7. 6. Part of the Darlington By-pass (approximately 4 miles of the disused Merrybent branch line). An additional mile of railway line will be used if possible modifications at the southern end of this by-pass and a realignment of the Barton By-pass are adopted.

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