HC Deb 02 April 1941 vol 370 c990
32. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Transport whether, with a view to reducing road accidents, he has considered the desirability of requiring all pedestrians to use the traffic signs; and with what result?

Mr. Montague

My hon. Friend's suggestion has been carefully considered, but a serious objection to it is that at crossroads provided with traffic light signals pedestrians are not fully protected from turning traffic when the green light is showing towards them. At certain signal installations "Cross Now" signals are in operation, but these are feasible only where an interval free from all crossing vehicles can be guaranteed. This is often a difficult matter to arrange from a traffic point of view.

Mr. Adams

Would the Minister consider the desirability of operating this during the black-out at controlled crossing only?

Mr. Montague

The answer is that traffic light signals are not for the purpose of controlling pedestrian traffic. There are many difficulties involved.