Severn Bridge (Hansard, 3 December 1990)
HC Deb 03 December 1990 vol 182 cc29-30W
Mr. Roy Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what was the debt on the Severn bridge in 1989;

(2) how much the accumulated debt on the Severn bridge is at the latest available date.

Mr. Chope

The debt to the Consolidated Fund at 31 March 1989 was £113,376,084. For 31 March 1990 it is estimated to be £133 million.

Mr. Roy Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what is the estimated completion date for the current renovation and maintenance work on the Severn bridge;

(2) what items of repair and renovation have been completed on the Severn bridge in the last 12 months;

(3) what work is currently under way on the Severn bridge;

(4) what is the current projected cost of the repair and maintenance work on the Severn bridge;

(5) what is the nature of work still to be done on the Severn bridge;

(6) what is the estimated final cost of repair work likely to be on the Severn bridge.

Mr. Chope

The contract for the main strengthening work was substantially completed in April. The resurfacing contract (which includes wind barriers at the towers and safety fence work) is due for completion late next summer. Certain other minor works, including painting, are also still in progress.

The estimated cost of the repair and strengthening work is £80 million.

Mr. Roy Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was collected in 1989 in tolls on the Severn bridge.

Mr. Chope

Income from tolls in the financial year 1989–90 was £13,609,424.

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