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Gungate Bridge, Tamworth

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of public disquiet at the prolonged process of carrying out alterations to the bridge at Gungate, Tamworth; when it is anticipated the work will be completed; how many shifts are being worked; how many workers there are on each shift; and what steps he will take to allay public anxiety concerning the effect of these alterations on the provision of prompt fire and ambulance services to areas served by the route concerned.

The alterations to the Gungate bridge are being carried out, with my approval, by the British Transport Commission as part of their electrification programme. They expect to complete the work next month. It is difficult with developments of this kind to avoid some inconvenience to traffic, but I am satisfied that the Commission, with the help of the local authority and the police, have taken all reasonable steps to reduce this to a minimum. From the information available to me it does not appear that prompt fire and ambulance services are being jeopardised.