HC Deb 16 June 1925 vol 185 cc268-9
28. Colonel DAY

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the urgent need for more street refuges in the New Kent Road, Southwark, which necessity was particularly pointed out by Dr. Waldo, coroner, at a recent inquest on Mary Ann Harris, who was knocked down and killed by a motor-van in this thoroughfare; and will he take action with the local authority concerned to provide such street refuges or rests as soon as possible.

Colonel ASHLEY

The provision of street refuges in New Kent Road has been found impracticable owing to the presence of a double line of tramways in that thoroughfare. Special arrangements have, however, been made to enable persons to cross the road at selected spots under police protection, and I am informed that the question of increasing the number of such crossing places is at present under consideration.

Colonel DAY

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the south of London, and that it is almost impossible for old people and children to get across with safety, and will he expedite the arrangements so as to give further protection?

Colonel ASHLEY

It is a very crowded thoroughfare, I know. With regard to shifting the tramlines, the hon. and gallant Member is as well aware as I am that the rails would have to be slewed around, which would increase the danger.

Captain BRASS

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of putting up boards like they do in Paris, in the Champs Elysées, where the crossings are very dangerous?

Colonel DAY

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider building a subway, so that these people can get across in safety?


Would it not be far better to pull up the tramlines, which are an obsolete system and a great danger to the passengers?