Charing Cross Station and Bridge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he can now say approximately how long it is estimated to take to complete the new Charing Cross Station and the temporary bridge over the Thames?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Before the construction of the new station and railway works on the southern side of the river can be commenced it will be necessary to acquire and clear the site and provide the necessary re-housing accommodation for persons of the working classes who will be displaced. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of the period which it will take to complete the construction of the railway station, railway works, and the temporary bridge, but, assuming that all negotiations proceed satisfactorily, it is estimated that the completion of these works will take not less than five years from the date of the Royal Assent to the Bill.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Does the hon. Gentleman mean before the completion of the temporary bridge?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

It is before the completion of the bridge and the railway station.

Commander WILLIAMS:

How long will it be before work is actually begun on the bridge itself?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

That will depend to a great extent on the date on which the Bill receives the Royal Assent.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Will the Bill be introduced shortly?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The London County Council have already resolved to instruct their Parliamentary Committee to promote legislation in the present Session of Parliament.

Commander WILLIAMS:

Will it be turned down by the Whips again?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

It will be a Private Bill necessarily, because the responsibility for bridges in the administrative county rests with the London County Council.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Can the hon. Gentleman give any idea of the period which will elapse before the completion of the temporary bridge?