HC Deb 03 May 1920 vol 128 cc1678-9
10. Viscount CURZON

asked the Minister of Transport whether, for the purpose of road classification any census is being taken of the amount and kinds of traffic on the main roads and in the main streets of towns of Great Britain on certain selected days and between certain hours; if so, whether he will consider making this information available to Members by means of a White Paper; is he yet in a position to state when the road classification will be completed; whether road users are represented on the Committee to consider and advise on the question of road signs; and whether the signposting of roads will be included in their terms of reference?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Sir Eric Geddes)

In connection with the classification of roads, instructions have been issued to Highway Authorities that in cases where there is any doubt as to the importance of a road, a census of traffic is to be taken. When classification is complete, it is proposed that a census of traffic shall be taken periodically of all classified roads. When this information is available, I will arrange for a White Paper on the subject to be presented to the House. I hope that the classification of roads will be complete by about the end of the year. Road users, as such, are not represented on the Technical Committee, appointed at my request by the County Surveyors' Society, to consider and advise on the question of road signs. Their recommendations, however, will in due course be submitted to the Roads Advisory Committee, on which road users are largely. represented. The signposting of roads is included in the terms of reference to the Technical Committee.

Viscount CURZON

Pending the classification of the roads, have any road repairs been hung up?


No, there is ample money and ample authority outstanding.