HC Deb 03 March 1862 vol 165 cc913-4

said, he wished to ask the First Commissioner of Works, Whether, with a view of relieving the crowded state of Park Lane, there will be any objection to open Hyde Park, between Stanhope Gate and Apsley Gate, for the passage of cabs while the International Exhibition is open?


said, Hyde Park was already so crowded with carriages on ordinary occasions that he thought there might be great reason to doubt whether the public convenience would be consulted by allowing public carriages to pass between Stanhope Gate and Apsley Gate when the great influx of additional traffic that might be expected during the Exhibition set in. The road near Hyde Park Corner had already been widened to the full extent that the trees would permit. At present it would be difficult, to make any calculation as to the number of vehicles that would pass through Park Lane. It might be wise, therefore, to postpone any decision till they should have had some experience as to the direction which carriages would chiefly take.