Road Maintenance

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1948.

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Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton 12:00 am, 12th July 1948

asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the increasing wear and tear of motor vehicles, owing to deterioration in road surfaces, he will state to what extent road maintenance grants and staffs have been reduced in the County of Lancaster.

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

Expenditure on the maintenance of trunk and classified roads in Lancashire is expected to amount to £1,133,000 this year as against £1,147,000 last year. The County Council road staff has been reduced by 187 as compared with the number employed in August, 1947. The corresponding reductions by the county districts amount to 843.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Lancashire County Council recently expressed some alarm at the position, and were especially concerned about main roads in industrial areas, where there is a great deal of heavy traffic? So that he may see for himself, may I take him for a ride the next time he comes North?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

I recently motored through parts of Lancashire, which has done very well compared with the rest of the country.