§ 42. Captain Duncan
asked the Minister of Transport how many accidents have taken place in the last five years at the Eassie level crossing, Angus.
Fourteen accidents have occurred here since 1st January, 1949, none involving personal injury.
§ 43. Captain Duncan
asked the Minister of Transport the estimated cost of building a bridge over the railway at the Eassie level crossing, Angus.
We know of no recent scheme for a bridge here. One was prepared in 1939 at a then estimated cost of about £30,000, including road improvements, but did not proceed. I understand that the county council are now considering, as a long-term scheme, a diversion which would eliminate the level crossing.
§ Captain Duncan
Will my hon. Friend encourage the county council to proceed with this scheme instead of, as is reported in the local Press, the Ministry of Transport refusing to consider it?
I do not think we are refusing to consider it. We are emphasising that it will have to be a long-term scheme in view of the financial situation.