Bomb-Damaged Street (Re-Opening)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that a street, the name of which has been given to him, has been closed to traffic since a flying-bomb struck buildings on one side of it seven months ago; and when it is hoped to re-open it to traffic.

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

As a result of the incident to which my hon. Friend refers, it was necessary to demolish blocks of flats on both sides of the road. During this demolition, the road had to be closed. The work has, unfortunately, taken longer than usual, because men have, from time to time, been taken away from the site to do urgent repair work elsewhere. I hope, however, that the road will be opened before the end of the month.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is the hon. Member aware that I have seen people working on this road every day for seven months? One would have thought that the work would have been finished now.

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

I am not responsible for that part of the work, but it is clear that while the work is going on, the road has to be closed. It is being constantly used for mobile cranes, lorries, and so on.