Edinburgh (Traffic Problems)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what advice his department have given to Edinburgh Corporation about traffic problems.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I have nothing to add to the Answer which my hon. Friend, the Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State gave to the hon. Gentleman on 17th November last.

Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South

Why is the right hon. Gentleman being rather slow about this? What is happening to the ring road around Edinburgh, and what discussions is he having with his right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport about railway closures?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

The hon. Gentleman should appreciate that Edinburgh itself regards this problem as an urgent one. There is a working party, to which we have given considerable help, and a comprehensive assessment of the problem and solutions to it can be made in changes to the Edinburgh Development Plan, which I hope to receive fairly soon.

Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a new factor was introduced into this recently with the proposal to close the Edinburgh to Corstorphine line and that this will add to congestion in the city's streets?