Swing Bridge, Thorne

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1964.

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Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole 12:00 am, 12th February 1964

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the delays and congestion at the single-line swing bridge over the canal at Thorne; and what proposals he has for a new bridge suitable for heavy industrial traffic.

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

A new bridge over the canal will be constructed as part of the Thorne by-pass scheme. An order under Section 7 of the Highways Act, 1959, establishing the route of the bypass, was made in October, 1963. There are further statutory processes to be completed and the design work and land acquisition to be undertaken but we hope to authorise construction within a year or two.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Can the hon. Gentleman say by whom the bridge will be designed—whether it will be decided by open competition or whether his right hon. Friend will choose one of his friends?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

I am afraid I could not give an answer to that question without notice.