§ 45. Sir Anthony Royle
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, in view of the fact that the proposed increase in heavy lorry weights is likely to cause a grave strain on Clifford Avenue railway bridge, Richmond, which if the bridge became unsafe, would cause the diversion of traffic from the whole of the south circular road, he will take steps which would have the effect of preventing such lorries from using this major road through south London; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Howell
Under the proposed increase in maximum lorry weights, fully-loaded lorries would not cause a greater strain on the bridge than existing traffic. Indeed, studies have shown that in most cases they would cause less strain to this kind of bridge.