HC Deb 07 May 1999 vol 330 c478W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many bridges his Department believes will need to be strengthened by local authorities as a consequence of the decision to allow 40 tonne lorries on domestic journeys access to the road network. [82883]

Ms Glenda Jackson

[holding answer 5 May 1999]: Substantial progress has been made in the assessment and strengthening programme. The latest figures available to DETR show that, of 41,602 local authority structures, 35,647 have been assessed, with over 30,000 being of adequate standard, and 3,250 local road bridges have been strengthened.