Roundabout Systems, Hyde Park

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1956.

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Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole 12:00 am, 21st March 1956

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what consideration he is giving, in consultation with the Minister of Works, to an extension of the roundabout system at Victoria Gate and Alexandra Gate in order to relieve traffic congestion at these points; and when he proposes to take action.

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

Roundabout working has been put into operation inside the park at Victoria Gate and the widening of the Gate is under consideration. At Alexandra Gate a scheme for roundabout working inside the park is being considered. More extensive roundabout schemes at these two gates would be expensive and would require legislation.

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole

Is my hon. Friend aware that the congestion at both these gates is really intolerable every morning and evening? Surely the expense of putting a roundabout at both places would be comparatively little, which would not spoil the amenities of the park? Will my hon. Friend see whether he can expedite the matter?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

I will certainly see what I can do about it. I will see if I can do what my hon. and gallant Friend suggests, but there are difficulties. The Ministry is anxious to preserve the amenities of the park, and, in addition, anything of a substantial nature would require legislation.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth Vauxhall

Will the hon. Gentleman agree that while the roundabout at Victoria Gate rather helps the flow of traffic when traffic is not very heavy, when traffic is heavy—in the rush hours—it is rather worse than before?