New Road, Stretford — Burton.

Oral Answers to Questions — War Transport. – in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport why the new road that runs parallel with the canal between Park Road, Stretford, and Redclyffe Road, Burton, has not been opened; what body has held up the opening; and, in view of the fact that this road could be used for a North-South by-pass for Manchester, and that the road is urgently required for many purposes, will he give instructions for the road to be finished and opened at once?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

This is a private road constructed by the owners of the factories which front it. I understand that they do not intend to complete it at present. Suitable alternative Class I roads are available North and South of the road, and we should therefore not be justified in using emergency powers to secure its completion.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

Seeing that this road is urgently required for war purposes, and that it would be a big contribution to the war effort, is a private road to be allowed to remain closed?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

The point is that the road is not complete. There are two roads adjacent to it, and of course, from the road safety point of view, it would be a bad road, because all the traffic would take the more direct way and would go past the entrances to the factories.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

Is not this a concrete example of private interests being allowed to impede the war effort?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

No, Sir. If we thought we should be justified in completing this road, we could requisition the land and build a road on it. I am certain it is not required.