Cattle (Road Underpasses)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st February 1972.

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Photo of Sir Anthony Meyer Sir Anthony Meyer , Flintshire West 12:00 am, 21st February 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average estimated cost of providing an underpass for cattle when a newly constructed dual carriageway divides a farm in two.

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

The cost will depend on site and other conditions but will normally lie in the range beween £5,000 and £20,000.

Photo of Sir Anthony Meyer Sir Anthony Meyer , Flintshire West

Will my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the range of costs indicated would be met many times over in the prevention of loss of life and damage to livestock which arise when cattle have to be driven across dual carriageways?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

Yes, Sir. When farms are severed by new roads it is standard practice to consider whether the two sections should be joined by an underpass or an over-bridge. I know of my hon. Friend's interest in this matter, because he wrote to me on behalf of his farmers, and I shall be replying to his letter very soon.