§ 52. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that of the £500,000 allocated to Bristol during the past two years £350,000 was absorbed by the construction of a traffic bridge, and that the remainder is quite inadequate to meet the needs of a large city like Bristol; and if he will hold an inquiry in the city on the urgent traffic problems which exist.131W
§ Mr. Hay
The cost of the duplication of Bath Bridge is estimated at £289,000, and grants have been made during the past two years towards other schemes estimated to cost £282,000, a total of £571,000. My right hon. Friend knows that all our large cities are anxious to carry out new road schemes and he has their needs in mind.
He has already agreed to hold an inquiry into Bristol's proposal to introduce parking meters in the centre of the City, and we do not think it would be appropriate to hold a general inquiry into the City's traffic problems.