Westminster Bridge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Sir F. HALL:

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether any examination has recently been made by experts as to the stability of Westminster Bridge; if so, what was the result of the same; whether, since the introduction of heavy motor traffic and of tramways, the bridge has been strengthened to enable it to carry the increased volume and weight of the vehicles using it; and, if no recent examination of the bridge has been made, will he approach the authorities responsible for the upkeep of the structure with a view to a thorough inspection being carried out?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

The bridge is under constant examination by engineers of the London County Council, which is the authority responsible for its maintenance. So far as I am aware, no structural weaknesses of any kind have been revealed.

Sir F. HALL:

Will the hon. Gentleman say whether careful inspection has been made by experts since this enormous traffic has been brought to bear on the bridge?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

This is a matter entirely for the London County Council, and it is only by their courtesy that I am able to give an answer.

Sir F. HALL:

Will the hon. Gentleman communicate with the Highways Committee of the London County Council on this very important subject?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I will send them a copy of my hon. and gallant Friend's question, and my reply.