HC Deb 25 May 1938 vol 336 c1214
66. Mr. Macquisten

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the. contractors who are repairing the roads leading to Oban are repairing long sections of roads extending to five to 10 miles at a stretch, and so reducing those sections to single-line traffic for such distances as to render the roads unnegotiable; and, in view of the loss and damage thus caused to the tourist traffic of Oban and the country round, he will see that the repairs and reconstructions are reduced to short and manageable lengths, so that the roads may be still usable while repairs to parts thereof are proceeding?

Mr. Burgin

It is impossible to carry out these reconstruction works on an existing road without reducing temporarily the width available for traffic. I am advised that the road is at all times passable and that one way traffic is confined to small sections. The adoption of my hon. and learned Friend's suggestion would add appreciably to the cost and considerably lengthen the time required to execute these works.

Mr. Macquisten

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that this condition of affairs exists for many miles, that people are avoiding what is the most beautiful country in Scotland, and that our tourist traffic is being diverted; and whether that is not preventing transport instead of facilitating it?