§ 73. Sir K. Thompson
asked the Minister of Transport what reply he has made to the application by the Corporation of Liverpool for grant towards building a new road bridge at Longmoor Lane, Liverpool, where it crosses the Liverpool-Preston railway line.
§ Mr. Marples
The British Railways Board gave notice of their proposal to withdraw passenger services on the Wigan Wallgate-Liverpool Exchange line on 15th November last. If the section passing under Longmoor Lane is closed altogether, the cutting could be filled in, saving up to £60,000 in bridgeworks. But decisions on the future of the line have yet to be taken and in the meantime I have told the Liverpool Corporation that I am not prepared to make a grant towards the cost of reconstructing the present bridge.