Traffic Congestion, London

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th March 1951.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr 12:00 am, 5th March 1951

asked the Minister of Transport what recommendations he has received from the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee in regard to the traffic congestion in central London; and what steps he proposes taking to rectify the present confusion.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

asked the Minister of Transport when, and to what extent, he proposes to implement the findings of the Traffic Advisory Committee on traffic congestion in London.

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

I am most grateful to the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee for their valuable and far-reaching report, which was recently published. Their recommendations can be divided into four main categories: (1) those which would require new regulations and, in some instances, legislation; (2) those which can be dealt with by administrative action; (3) the problem of parking; and (4) recommendations about street improvements.

I am giving this report close personal consideration, and I hope to make a statement about it in the near future.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the enormous increase in traffic which can be expected as a result of the Festival of Britain, and make his plans accordingly?

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

I am only too well aware of that. Apart from the Festival, I recognise that this is a permanent problem which must be dealt with.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

While I am glad to hear the Minister say that, might I ask whether he will consider carrying out as quickly as possible those recommendations which do not involve the expenditure of large sums of money?

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

Yes. That is why, I have provided for various forms of treatment.