London Airport (Bath Road)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Frank Beswick Mr Frank Beswick , Uxbridge 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Minister of Transport if his attention has been called to the danger to pedestrians who have to cross the Bath Road by the London Airport, especially that stretch which is unrestricted and unlighted; and whether he can reduce the danger by the provision of traffic islands and crossing lights.

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

I have had a special investigation made into traffic conditions on this road. This does not indicate danger to pedestrians such as would justify at the present time the considerable expenditure needed to widen the road so as to provide traffic islands. Nor do I think that traffic lights would be suitable or helpful here.

Photo of Mr Frank Beswick Mr Frank Beswick , Uxbridge

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this road is a speed track, that it is an unrestricted road, that at night it is not lighted and that there are no traffic islands whatsoever. Is he further aware that some hundreds of workers have to cross it, and would it not be reasonable to have a temporary island put in the middle of the road until such time as the future of this road has been decided?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

This matter has been carefully investigated, and there is no evidence to support the statement made by my hon. Friend.