asked the Minister of Transport what action he intends to take to improve the Manchester Ship Canal bridges and to construct the urgently-required new bridges; where it is proposed that the new bridges shall be built; and if he will consider the need for new bridges at Salford, Eccles, Barton and Irlam.
As highway authority for trunk roads, I am directly interested only in Knutsford Road swing bridge, which carries the existing trunk road. I propose to divert the road and carry it over the canal by a new bridge to be built about a mile to the east. I do not know the full plans of the other highway authorities concerned but I understand that they have in mind the improvement of several of the existing bridges and the construction of new ones between Eccles and Urmston and between Widnes and Runcorn. All these schemes are long-term projects, the execution of which must await a substantial improvement in the economic situation.