London Bridge and Victoria Stations (Approaches)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr John Hunt Mr John Hunt , Bromley 12:00 am, 28th April 1970

asked the Minister of Transport what reply he has sent to the application from British Railways to spend £20 million on new track and signalling at the approaches to London Bridge and Victoria Stations.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

The Greater London Transport Group is examining a number of different schemes for improving the approaches to London Bridge and Victoria, but no firm proposals have yet been submitted to my right hon. Friend by the Railways Board.

Photo of Mr John Hunt Mr John Hunt , Bromley

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many of the delays on the Southern Region are due to the notorious bottleneck at Borough Market? Is he aware that, with no Underground facilities available, my constituents, and many others in the South-East, are entirely dependent on surface railway links to London? Will he take this into account when proposals are submitted to him?

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

As a regular commuter on that line I am well aware, and so is my Department, of the present difficulties. The working group is examining a number of different schemes at the moment.