HC Deb 23 May 1927 vol 206 cc1654-5

asked the Minister of Transport whether the attention of the London Traffic Advisory Committee has been called to the impending opening of a dog-racing track at Harringay, with accommodation for 40,000 spectators; and., in view of the congestion already existing at Finsbury Park and the difficulty and delay experienced by many thousands of work-people returning from their employment, what steps are being taken to provide additional travelling facilities upon the occasions when race meetings are being held at this establishment?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)

The traffic arrangements in connection with the proposed greyhound racing both at the White City and Harringay are under consideration by the Commissioner of Police. I have no doubt that the railways, tramways and omnibuses will do everything possible to deal with any additional traffic, and so far as the latter are concerned I shall be glad to consider any applications for relaxation of the existing omnibus restrictions, which may be thought to be necessary on such occasions. The London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee are aware of this matter and they will advise me of any action on my part which they may consider desirable.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider it advisable to issue a statement that the safest and cheapest way is to go by rail?


Is it not a fact that these race meetings will take place some considerable time after the rush hour?

Colonel ASHLEY

Of that I have no knowledge.


Is it not desirable that they should be encouraged, seeing that no cruelty to animals is involved?