HC Deb 30 July 1924 vol 176 cc2054-5
48. Mr. BARNES

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the traffic congestion which prevails at Aid-gate; if he is aware that the traffic difficulties at this spot are aggravated by the number of hay-carts which congregate there during the busiest hours in the morning; and whether he will undertake an inquiry for the purpose of improving the traffic arrangements at the Aldgate crossing?


I am fully aware of the facts recited by the hon. Member. They constitute a metropolitan traffic problem of great importance, on which I hope to obtain the advice of the Committee which it is sought to establish under the London Traffic Bill.


Can we assume from the Minister's statement that when the Traffic Committee is established, this will be the subject of an inquiry?

49. The hon. Member further asked the Minister whether he is aware of the amount of traffic, pedestrian and vehicular, passing from the Manor Way, East Ham, to North Woolwich and South Woolwich and vice versa, and the delay and inconvenience caused by the number of bridges across the docks and the ferry journey; and whether he will institute an inquiry as speedily as possible into the traffic facilities for this part of London, with the object of ascertaining whether a tunnel for pedestrian and vehicular traffic is possible at this place, or what other arrangements can be made for the greater convenience of the public?


I am aware of the traffic conditions prevailing in the neighbourhood of the Woolwich ferry, and consider the matter one which could appropriately be referred for consideration to the Committee which it is sought to establish under the London Traffic Bill.