London and Gatwick Airports (Monorail Service)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West 12:00 am, 1st July 1964

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the desirability of providing more rapid and efficient transport services between London and Gatwick Airports, he will study the possibility of a monorail service for the purpose.

Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East

My right hon. Friend is ready to consider, in so far as his Departmental responsibilities are involved, any proposals for monorail services that may be put to him in sufficient detail.

Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West

Why is not the Minister prepared to consider the matter without having it put to him? Is he not aware that the monorail would really provide an answer to the appalling delays and difficulties which are experienced by people who are transported to and from Gatwick to London Airport? Will the Minister consider some kind of research in his own Department? Why wait for others? The monorail is being used elsewhere. Why cannot it be used here?

Photo of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett , Croydon North East

The monorail is being used elsewhere hardly at all. There is, I think, one monorail in the world, which has been in service for a great many years. In any event, our information is that there is nothing like enough traffic between these two airports to justify this form of transport.