Harley Street (Car Parking)

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1956.

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Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley 12:00 am, 11th July 1956

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that cars are being parked in a single line on one side of Harley Street, London, W.1, and in a double line on the other side; and if he will authorise the diagonal parking of cars on one side which would accommodate more cars and take up less of the roadway.

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

I am aware of the excessive parking in Harley Street, but my hon. Friend's suggestion would not improve matters. I think it will be as well to await the outcome of the special survey of parking facilities in inner London, now in progress.

Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley

Is my hon. Friend aware that his view is not shared by the residents in that street, the view being that it would undoubtedly improve matters, and is he aware that there is very great delay because, whenever a car has to stop there, the whole of the street is blocked as a result?

Photo of Mr Arthur Molson Mr Arthur Molson , High Peak

In considering parking questions such as this, there are three considerations which have to be taken into account: the number of cars which can be parked, the reduction of the width of the carriageway which is brought about by the parking, and the interference with traffic as cars park and move out. My hon. Friend's suggestion would result in a reduction from 10 to 8¾ in the number of cars which could be parked in 100 feet, it would take 19½ feet off the carriage way instead of 15 feet, and it would be more obstructive to passing traffic.

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

In other words, it is not a very good idea.