Traffic Conditions, Ashwell

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

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 5th March 1951

asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of local representations, he will reconsider his refusal to confirm the Hertfordshire County Council traffic regulation for the institution of one-way traffic in Bear Lane, Ashwell.

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

I have reconsidered this case very recently. I do not consider that the traffic conditions justify my confirming the county council's order. The volume of traffic is very small and the order would involve an inconvenient detour, especially for cyclists.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this is a very narrow lane, with no footpath and with a high wall on both sides, and also that the people of this village, the local parish council and the Hertfordshire County Council all demand a one-way scheme?. In those circumstances, why should a Whitehall official with no knowledge of the local conditions be allowed to overrule all other opinions?

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

I do not agree that a Whitehall official determines this matter. We have to take into consideration the claims of all those who use a highway of this description.