Western Avenue Extension.

Oral Answers to Questions — War Transport. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport when it is hoped to complete the extension of the Western Avenue bypassing Uxbridge, as practically no work has been done in this connection for over two years, and a lot of machinery and material is lying on the spot idle?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

It is hoped to complete this work during the coming summer. Meanwhile I can assure my hon. Friend that the work has been going forward, and that, in consequence the plant on the site has not been idle.

Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

Is the hon. Member aware that that answer is similar to one which I received on this subject two years ago? Does not the hon. Member think that it is time to finish the work or drop it altogether?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

The hon. Member will be aware that this is a very big piece of work, and that a viaduct 580 yards long is being built. That has been the main obstacle to rapid progress, but it is hoped to open one half of the width of the road by August of this year.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Will the hon Gentleman see that now that we have a new broom at the Department it will sweep along quickly?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Yes, Sir, I take a great interest in the Western Avenue.