New East Lancashire Road.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons am ar 31 Gorffennaf 1935.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

39.

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is in a position to give the total cost of making the new East Lancashire road, Liverpool to Manchester, the amounts paid by the Ministry of Transport, the Lancashire County Council, and the other local authorities who were called upon to contribute?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

The cost of the reconstruction of the East Lancashire Road from Liverpool to Manchester was £2,721,799 6s. 9d., of which the Ministry of Transport contributed £2,036,190. I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the amounts received from other interested authorities.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

Did it fall below the estimated total cost or is it more?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I prefer to answer that question accurately after notice.

Photo of Commander Sir Peter Agnew Commander Sir Peter Agnew , Camborne

Did that cost include the cost of lighting the road?

Following is the information:

£s.d.
Liverpool City274,85066
Mersey Docks and Harbour Board75,92537
Bootle County Borough26,57437
St. Helens County Borough22,01900
Lancashire County Council286,239131

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

42.

asked the Minister of Transport if he is in a position to say whether the Lancashire County Council and the other local authorities through which the East Lancashire new road, Liverpool to Manchester passes, have come to a decision on the lighting of the road; and if part of the cost will be borne by the Ministry of Transport as it was in the making of the road?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

There is no power vested in the Minister of Transport to make grants towards the cost of the lighting of roads. For the information of the hon. Member I have learned that the urban district of Swinton and Pendlebury has lit the section of the road through its area.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

Has the right hon. Gentleman had any communication from the Lancashire County Council, and, if not, will he urge upon them to fulfil their part of the proposal?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I have had many communications from the county council upon this subject and I have tried to assist the hon. Gentleman's point of view. I understand that the county council has decided to leave the question of lighting to the district councils concerned.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

It is a splendid road. If it were completed it would be beautiful.