This is absolutely ridiculous. Does my hon. Friend realise that this is a main trunk road and that it has had this Bailey bridge for over eight years? Does he know that the bridge has had to be closed because it is breaking down? This would not be tolerated in the South. Will he put more drive and energy into this and see that a two-way bridge is started immediately?
I fully understand my hon. Friend's concern about this. I, too, live in the North and I am familiar with this bridge. Within the last few days the county council has been in direct touch with the Department and the matter is under consideration at this moment. I am sorry that I cannot say more at present, but I will keep in close touch.