§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits will be ready to carry normal traffic on 1st August, 1971, as previously stated; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
The British Railways Board announced on 18th June that the bridge will not be re-opened to traffic on 2nd August as originally planned. The board and the contractors are doing their utmost to complete the work as speedily as possible, and it is hoped that traffic will be restored by early autumn. The Government have made known to the board their concern at the delay, and I will write to the right hon. Gentleman.