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Volume 221: debated on Thursday 30 July 1874

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asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether, having regard to the number of poor persons desirous of visiting Batter-sea Park, during the Bank Holidays, any arrangements can be made by which they may be permitted to cross Battersea Bridge free of toll?

Under the provisions of the Chelsea Bridge Amendment Act of 1858 an exemption from the payment of toll exists on Sundays, Easter Monday, Whit-Monday, and Christmas Day, and knowing how largely the people avail themselves of this privilege, I have applied to the Treasury in order to obtain their sanction to extending this exemption from toll to the other Bank Holidays—namely, August 3rd and December 26th. I have as yet received no definite answer; but I have every hope that on Monday next thousands of those poorer classes referred to by my hon. Friend will pass over Chelsea Bridge free of toll on their way to Battersea Park.