Main Roads (Speed Limit)

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1959.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South 12:00 am, 25th March 1959

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will introduce greatly reduced speeds on main roads during the peak periods, when people cross in large numbers and when children must cross to and from school.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

I do not think a temporary speed limit of less than 30 m.p.h. during limited times of the day would be practicable or enforceable.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South

If this action cannot be taken, what action will the hon. Gentleman's right hon. Friend take to reduce the anxiety in the minds of parents whose children have to cross dangerous roads daily to and from school?

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

Far the best solution is the school-crossing patrol and asking the local police to do their best to enforce the 30 m.p.h. limit whenever they are.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give instructions which will result in reduced speeds on the main road through Trent Vale in the City of Stoke on Trent and in the replacement of all guard rails at once.

Photo of Sir Richard Nugent Sir Richard Nugent , Guildford

A speed limit of 30 m.p.h. is already in operation on this road, and I understand that the county borough council recently requested the chief constable to concentrate on its enforcement. Following completion of the recent major improvements to the road, guard rails have been re-installed, in agreement with the county borough council, at all points where they are necessary.