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?
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.
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?
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.