Barton Bridge

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1959.

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Photo of Sir Samuel Storey Sir Samuel Storey , Stretford 12:00 am, 25th March 1959

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he has considered the recommendation of the jury at the inquest upon the four men who lost their lives through the accident on the new high level Barton Bridge on 19th February; and how far he intends to make it a condition of grant towards such projects that effect is given to that recommendation.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

We have made a grant towards this scheme, but its execution is the sole responsibility of the Lancashire County Council. The conditions of contract applying to major road works and bridges provide that the works should be constantly supervised by the contractor or by the engineer named in the contract.

Photo of Sir Samuel Storey Sir Samuel Storey , Stretford

In view of the fact that, according to the recommendation of the jury, it appears that there was not proper supervision in this case, will my hon. Friend make representations to his agents in similar instances that proper supervision must be carried out, and will he take steps to see that it is?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

We have ascertained that this condition was included in the contract. At present Her Majesty's Factory Inspectorate is investigating the circumstances of the accident and will be reporting to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour shortly. We shall, of course, consult my right hon. Friend and be advised by him if there is any further action we should take.

Photo of Sir Samuel Storey Sir Samuel Storey , Stretford

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what effect the recent accident to the new Barton Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal has had on the time-table for the construction of the new Manchester by-pass; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

I am informed by the Lancashire County Council that the probable effect is to put back the estimated date of completion by two to three months, that is from November this year to next January or February. This represents the time required to replace the 330 tons of fabricated steelwork damaged in the accident.

Photo of Sir Samuel Storey Sir Samuel Storey , Stretford

In view of the great importance of the new bridge to both the industry and the workers in Trafford Park, will my hon. Friend take all the steps he can to ensure that Lancashire County Council does not delay unnecessarily in getting the bridge finished?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

Yes, Sir, I am sure it is most anxious to do so.