HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 cc2225-6
62. Mr. Adamson

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the narrow and dangerous condition of the road A 34 where is passes through Whit church, Hampshire; and, as it is the main traffic artery from the South coast to the Midlands, is he prepared to take steps to modernise this section?

Captain Wallace

The road through Whitchurch forms part of the Winchester-Preston trunk road. Consideration is being given to the provision of a by-pass to supersede a part of this road including the built-up area of Whitchurch. In the meantime, work started in April last on widening to 60 feet the narrow section, nearly a mile in length, between Whitchurch and Tufton.

Mr. Adamson

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give any indication as to how long it will be before the by-pass is there?

Captain Wallace

I am afraid I cannot without notice. I will let the hon. Member know.

Mr. Leach

Are the Ministry confirmed in the opinion that narrow roads are more dangerous to life than wide ones?

Captain Wallace

I think that all depends.