HC Deb 27 July 1960 vol 627 cc141-2W
43. Mr. John Hall

asked the Minister of Transport what are the causes of the delay in completing the Hanger Lane under-pass on Western Avenue.

85. Mr. Page

s asked the Minister of Transport what was the date of starting work on the Western Avenue under-pass at Hanger Lane; and what were the estimated cost and date of completion then and at the present time.

Mr. Marples

Work started in June, 1958. The contract price was £761,000 and the completion date March, 1960. Subsequently the contract period was extended for three months to June, 1960. The under-pass should be completed in October, but the pedestrian subways not before the end of the year. I am hoping to arrange for one of the tunnels to be brought into temporary use within the next few weeks for one way traffic, whilst the other tunnel is being completed. I understand that the main cause of delay has been the contractors' difficulty in obtaining suitable labour. The cost of the scheme is now estimated at £830,000.