HC Deb 26 January 1965 vol 705 cc185-6W
Mr. Rose

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will take steps to ensure that, in extending the M.6 motorway north of Carnforth, measures will be taken, by the construction of a bridge or otherwise, to preserve the amenity of the Lancaster Canal for the use of pleasure craft.

Mr. Tom Fraser

The extension of the motorway will cross the canal at several points. I have agreed to provide sufficient clearance to permit pleasure craft to continue to use the 42 miles of canal they at present use, except possibly for a few hundred yards at Tewitfield, at the extreme northern end of this usable section. The twelve miles north of Tewitfield is not in a fit state for navigation, and in view of the additional cost on the motorway and the cost of restoring this part of the canal, neither I nor the British Waterways Board consider that the provision of bridges on this section would be justified. The Board are therefore promoting a Private Bill seeking relief from the statutory requirements relating to the part of the canal which will be affected.

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