Level Crossings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 23rd February 1938.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Minister of Transport how many railway level-crossings still exist on the trunk roads under the control of his Department; what would be the approximate cost of their removal; and by what date it may be assumed that there will be none remaining?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

There are 84 railway crossings and 31 colliery and other crossings remaining on trunk roads. My desire is progressively to remove them all. Having regard however to the numerous factors which must be taken into consideration in each case, it is not possible to give undertakings as to dates and times.

Photo of Mr George Muff Mr George Muff , Kingston upon Hull East

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the level crossings in Hull?

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Does the initiative in the removal of these crossings come from his Department or from the local authority?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

In a case of trunk roads the matter rests largely with my Department, but the actual details of a scheme must be worked out in conjunction with those on the spot. Trunk roads are up to 100 per cent. the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport, except for those areas which pass through a county borough.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Are we to understand that the Government are going to do nothing about level crossings?