HC Deb 08 March 1967 vol 742 cc1512-3
17. Sir R. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport what alternative proposals are now being considered for the relief of traffic congestion at Neasden, Brent.

Mr. Swingler

My right hon. Friend published draft proposals for the Neasden Lane underpass and is now considering the objections that have been made to these proposals. Interim traffic management measures proposed by the Greater London Council were objected to by the London Borough of Brent, which has agreed to produce details of an alternative scheme which it would favour.

Sir R. Russell

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the present scheme envisages the demolition of 120 houses, which will cause great hardship in the area? Is he further aware that there is an alternative scheme, produced by some Neasden residents, which would avoid demolishing any houses at all? Will he consider that scheme?

Mr. Swingler

I appreciate the hardship caused here and, wherever possible, we wish to avoid demolition of houses. I think that the hon. Gentleman will know that this matter has been investigated over several years. Consultants were appointed as far back as 1962 to investigate the question of a Neasden flyover or underpass. They reported in favour of this scheme, and we do not at the moment think that any other scheme will provide for the traffic capacity needed at this junction.