Tay Road Bridge (Toll Charges)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , South Angus 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to approve the scale of charges for freight and passenger vehicles on the Tay Road Bridge.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

When I have received and considered the report of the recent inquiry into the Joint Board's proposals.

Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , South Angus

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the suggestion by the Lord Provost of Dundee of a 10s. toll on commercial vehicles, to be reconsidered after a year, is quite inadequate to satisfy the anxieties that exist in the area about this toll? Does not he agree that a 10s. toll will mean that heavy vehicles will not use the bridge at all?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Since I have to adjudicate following the receipt of this report it would he quite inappropriate for me to comment on this matter.

Photo of Mr Peter Doig Mr Peter Doig , Dundee West

Will my right hon. Friend keep in mind the two points about which I wrote to him a considerable time ago, namely, the fact that a 10s. charge will probably produce less rather than more revenue and, secondly, the fact that there is a vast difference between this bridge and the Forth Bridge in terms of corn-router traffic?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I will bear in mind all these matters in the consideration of the report when I receive it.