Footpaths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 18th December 1929.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

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asked the Minister of Transport whether, in making any new roads, he will consider the making of adequate footpaths separated from the main road by either a hedge or a ditch?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

As I have stated in answer to previous questions, it is the practice of my Department to require the provision of adequate footpaths where it is desirable and practicable, before any scheme of improvement or new construction is approved for grants from the Road Fund. I am not satisfied that footpaths should of necessity be separated from the carriageway by a hedge or ditch; but I have issued instructions to my divisional road engineers that in the siting of footpaths regard should be had to the preservation of trees and hedges.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

Does not the hon. Gentleman consider that it would be far prettier and more in keeping with the characteristics of the country if the footpaths were separated from the main road by hedges or trees?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I think that frequently that might be the ease, but should hesitate to utter a universal dogma.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Will the hon. Gentleman also bear in mind the requirements in certain country districts of mounted riders?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

That will be considered at the right time.