Road Dressing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons at on 10 July 1935.

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Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

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asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the practice of top dressing roads, particularly on bends, with loose stone, grit, or sand; and whether he will take steps to ensure that all such top dressings are properly rolled in, and all excessive loose material, liable to promote dry skidding, swept away?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Within the last week I have issued to the Department's Divisional Road Engineers instructions to impress on highway authorities the importance of the matter referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend, although he will appreciate the difficulties that arise in the present hot weather.

Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the extraordinary danger that lies in this form of dressing, as exemplified by the fact that I had my own windscreen smashed by a stone, and had there been a motor-cyclist following there would have been a most serious accident?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I am sure the whole House will concur with me in regretting my hon. and gallant Friend's accident. My circular is sufficiently strong on the point. I will show it to my hon. and gallant Friend.

Photo of Mr John Burnett Mr John Burnett , Aberdeen North

Will the Minister give instructions that before rolling takes place the dressing shall consist of granite chips?

Photo of Viscount  Apsley Viscount Apsley , Bristol Central

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerably more danger of skidding in wet weather, especially when there has been a shower after a dry spell, where there is no loose dressing?