Road Crossings

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1988.

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Photo of Sir Sydney Chapman Sir Sydney Chapman , Chipping Barnet 12:00 am, 11th July 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the Government's policy on providing equestrian, cycling or pedestrian bridges across, or tunnels under, major roads, and what criteria are laid down for such projects.

Photo of Mr Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West

We consider suggestions and proposals on their merits.

Photo of Sir Sydney Chapman Sir Sydney Chapman , Chipping Barnet

Will my right hon. Friend look sympathetically at the need for a combined equestrian, pedestrian and cyclists' crossing on the section of the A1 between South Mimms and Stirling corner, not only because it is effectively of motorway standard, but because of the volume and velocity of the traffic on the road? For example, 800 horses are stabled in that corridor of that part of north London.

Photo of Mr Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West

My hon. Friend has raised this difficult matter assiduously on behalf of his constituents. As he says, the Al is a very large road with a great deal of traffic, which makes it very difficult to cure the problem of horses crossing it. What my hon. Friend suggests would cost a good deal and I shall have to consider it carefully, but it is an important point and I shall certainly look into it.