asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give an estimate of the comparative cost of construction, disregarding re-siting of main services, of a pedestrian subway and ramps under a 48 ft. wide road, or other convenient width, and of the construction of a footbridge, over a similar road, level with the footwalk, the roadway being lowered to allow vehicles to pass underneath.
Would not my hon. Friend agree that bridges have proved useless if raised over the roadway? Has not the principle of lowering the road been used to some extent on the Continent? Can we not try it here?
If my hon. Friend accepts the purport of my first reply, he will realise that it is likely to cost of the order of £130,000 to do as he suggests. Clearly, we shall do much better by proceeding with pedestrian underpasses at a cost of about £20,000.