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Road And Bridge Schemes, Wales

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Minister of Transport what number of road schemes and what number of new bridges have been submitted in 1937–38, and up to date in Wales; what number has been sanctioned and what number rejected; if accepted what number could be employed on such schemes during this year; and will he give names of the authorities where such schemes are submitted?

The question asked by the hon. Member will involve several weeks' detailed research. I will communicate with him when it has been possible to make the compilations asked for.

asked the Minister of Transport when he contemplates giving sanction to the Glamorgan County Council to proceed with the Neath River bridge scheme, to find employment for the increased number of unemployed in the Neath area?

I hope that in the near future it will be possible for me to make an Order under Section 1 (3) of the Trunk Roads Act in regard to the Neath by-pass. I am not able to say at present when the work of construction will be started.

asked the Minister of Transport what steps are being taken to complete the joint river bridge at Pontardulais between Glamorgan and Car marthen County Councils; what is the cause of the delay; and will he say when the scheme is likely to be completed?

The negotiations for the acquisition by agreement of the land required for the construction and widening of the approach road on the Carmarthen side have been protracted by reason of interference with shop property, and have proved abortive in a few cases. I propose to make a compulsory purchase order and hope to be in possession of the land by June next. I expect that the agreement with the railway company for the widening of the level crossing on the Glamorgan side will shortly be completed. If possession of the land is secured in June the works will be started as soon as possible thereafter and completed within a few months.