HC Deb 21 July 1947 vol 440 c848
25 and 26. Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Transport (1) if, in the interests of road safety, he will authorise the painting of pedestrian crossings with amber zig-zag lines;

(2) if he has now completed his review of the results of experiments using coloured surfaces for pedestrian crossings; and what conclusions he has come to.

Mr. Barnes

The use of coloured surfaces for pedestrian crossings is being investigated by the Road Research Board and I propose to await the results of their work before reaching a conclusion.

Mr. Symonds

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that motorists are at present paying sufficient respect to pedestrian crossings, and, if not, will he speed up some measures to ensure such respect?

Mr. Barnes

No, I am not satisfied that motorists are paying sufficient attention to pedestrian crossings. We are certainly trying to expedite this particular examination.

Mr. Symonds

Is it merely a matter of shortage of paint?

Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

Will the Minister say whether, under this scheme, pedestrians are expected to take a zig-zag course?

Mr. W. Fletcher

Would the Minister see that paint of a permanent character is used so that the markings will be "forever amber"?