§ 50. Sir G. Nabarro
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will now give a progress report, including the total cost, the commencement date, and the completion date, respectively, of the widened and modernised bridge carrying the A440 over the main line railway Birmingham to Bristol at Defford in the parliamentary constituency of Worcestershire, South, having regard to the dangers to vehicular traffic, pedestrians and rail traffic.
§ Mr. Michael Heseltine
This scheme is the responsibility of Worcestershire County Council, as highway authority I understand that design work is substantially complete and that no difficulties are expected with land acquisition. Subject to its priority in competition with other schemes, and availability of funds, it could be included in the 1972–73 principal road programme. Work could then start in late 1972, and would take 15 months to complete. The latest estimated cost is £155,000.