22 FEBRUARY 1930, Page 3

* * * * The Charing Cross Bridge In the

House of Commons, on Wednesday, the Charing Cross Bridge Bill was carried by the large majority of 280 votes to 62. The opponents of the Bill argued that this. London County Council scheme, made inadequate provision for the growing traffic ; that it would establish ugliness where there might be beauty—on this point a large volume of opinion by architects and artists was quoted ; and that the developm-...nt of South London would be hindered. The Minister of Transport said that 'alternative schemes would block the Embankment and river traffic. The traffic experts were all in favour of the Bill. The proposed tunnels would not be miasmic holes, but gloriously lighted highways. Why did not the opponents of the Bill produce an alternative scheme ? They had not done so because they could not agree.