HC Deb 05 June 1934 vol 290 cc745-7
35. Captain Sir WILLIAM BRASS

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in the opinion of his advisers, the automatic traffic-light control system at Car-fax, situated within the 30 miles an hour speed limit in Oxford City, is working satisfactorily?


I am informed that recently there has been some discussion as to whether the present method of working these signals is the best that can be devised and the matter is now being investigated in conjunction with the chief constable and the city engineer. As soon as my hon. Friend has received his representative's report, he will communicate with my hon. and gallant Friend.


Is it not a fact that considerable congestion has arisen as a result of the system at present in operation and that the system manually operated by a policeman has often had to be resorted to at that particular junction?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

The facts are all under consideration at the moment. I cannot give any answer until I get the report.


Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the pedestrians of Oxford think that the system is working rather well?

39. Sir G. FOX

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will inform the House of the total number of fatal and non-fatal road accidents which have occurred on the Oxford to Henley road outside the Oxford speed limit during the time that the speed limit has been in operation; and the total number of accidents in the corresponding period of the previous year?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)

I am informed by the Chief Constable of Oxfordshire that during the period from the 20th November, 1932, to the 31st May, 1933, there were three fatal and 27 non-fatal accidents on the Oxford-Henley road. The corresponding figures for the same period in 1933–1934 were three fatal accidents and 30 non-fatal accidents.


In view of the increased number of accidents will the right hon. Gentleman communicate with the Minister of Transport, with the object of having the SO miles an hour speed limit at Oxford removed, since it has increased congestion there and made people drive faster outside?

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