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Prince William: Marriage

Transport written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Conservative, Aberconwy

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the likely financial effect on those organising street parties and other road-based events to mark the Royal Wedding on 29 April 2011 of proposed changes to the procedure for road closure notices.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 18 January 2011

There are no current proposals to change the regulations and published advice on 'special event' traffic regulation orders (TROs), used by local authorities to close roads for temporary events, but I am examining the issues for authorities in England in the context of our Traffic Signs Policy Review.

The regulations and published advice for 'special event' TROs are distinct from those applying to other TROs, and are not prescriptive. Local procedures applying to road closures for street parties are therefore determined by the relevant local authorities. The financial effects of their procedures are matters for those authorities. English local authorities should avoid implementing unnecessarily expensive or burdensome procedures.

It is for the Welsh Assembly Government to consider the relevant procedures that apply in Wales.

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