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Monmouthshire

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1961

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57 and 58.

asked the Minister of Transport (1) if, before he makes a final decision to recommend the closing of the passenger railway services in the eastern and western valleys of Monmouthshire, following the recommendations of the Transport Users' Consultative Committee for Wales and Monmouthshire, he will personally examine the road conditions which will have to sustain the extra passenger traffic brought about by closures;(2) what is the nature of the evidence he has received from the Transport Users' Consultative Committee for Wales and Monmouthshire regarding the closure of railway lines in the eastern and western valleys of Monmouthshire; if, in the light of this evidence, he will give a direction to the British Transport Commission to substitute a modified passenger railway service in this area; and if he will make a statement.

59.

asked the Minister of Transport if he has now considered the evidence from the Transport Users' Consultative Committee for Wales and Monmouthshire regarding the closure of passenger railway lines in Monmouthshire; and if, in the light of this evidence, he will direct the British Transport Commission not to close these lines until roads have been constructed in the county to the standard recommended in the highway report of the Industrial Association of Wales and Monmouthshire.

60.

asked the Minister of Transport to what extent, when considering the recommendations he received from the Transport Users' Consultative Committee for Wales and Monmouthshire regarding the proposed closures of the eastern and western valley services in Monmouthshire, he took into account the possible future increase of rail travel resulting from congestion on the roads.

We are studying the Consultative Committee's report. Meantime, I cannot comment on what the report contains or say what action my right hon. Friend proposes to take on it.