HC Deb 01 May 1928 vol 216 cc1509-10
38. Mr. DAY

asked the Minister of Transport if any decision has been arrived at as to the desirability of extending the experiments which have been made in traffic control by light signals in the Metropolitan area?

Colonel ASHLEY

No decision has yet been come to as to the desirability of carrying out further experiments of controlling traffic by means of light signals, but the matter is under consideration.


Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether the light signals at Piccadilly and Berkeley Street have been successful.

Colonel ASHLEY

Yes, I think so, on the whole.


asked the Minister of Transport whether he will give consideration to adopting for directional purposes on cross roads a certain number of the movable signs, Stop and Go, which are made use of in many countries and which are easily seen by motor drivers and are far less fatiguing to the policeman on point duty than is the method of holding his hand out at arms' length?

Colonel ASHLEY

My Department has considered the use of movable "Stop" and "Go" signs, and the matter is still under the consideration of the London Traffic Advisory Committee.


Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman realise that this system has been very successful in the United States of America and other countries where it has been tried, and does he not think that it is very hard on a policeman to hold out his arms horizontally for a considerable time?

Colonel ASHLEY

The signs would probably be very wooden, and I would much rather rely upon the discretion of the police.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the experiment is working very successfully in Brighton?


Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman considered the practice in Malaya of fitting the policeman with basket wings on his back, so that he has only to turn round?