§ Sir R. Russell
asked the Minister of Transport if she will give details of the temporary flyover opened at Barking recently; and what plans she has for erecting more temporary flyovers at other congested road junctions.
§ Mr. Swingler
This temporary flyover is intended to reduce delays by enabling trunk road traffic on A13 to pass over the roundabout junction with Movers Lane.
The structure was developed from one of the prize winning designs in a competition organised by the Department to find the best type of temporary flyover having regard to speed of erection and dismantling, adaptability for use elsewhere, appearance and low cost.
The flyover with its associated road works was completed in approximately five months, but the actual structure was erected in eight days. It is 760 feet long and has a two-lane carriageway. The total cost was about £200,000 including £84,000 for the flyover.
Details of these designs will be circulated to highway authorities as soon as possible. Congested junctions where temporary flyovers might be erected some years ahead of a permanent improvement scheme are most likely to occur in urban areas. We are ready to consider requests from highway authorities for grant towards the cost of such temporary structures on principal roads.191W
For our own part, we have already published prposals for a temporary flyover at the Hogarth Roundabout on the trunk road A4, and other possibilities will be considered.