HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 c21
44. Mr. Braine

asked the Minister of Transport what representations have been made to him by the Essex county constabulary for reducing the high rate of accidents on the London Road between Pitsea and Vange; and what action does he propose taking.

Mr. Barnes

None, Sir, but, as a result of discussions between technical officers of my Department and the Essex County Council, a scheme is being prepared for the provision of pedestrian crossings with central refuges in the shopping area at Pitsea Broadway. In addition, a footpath will be constructed near the railway bridge at Pitsea.

Mr. Braine

I am somewhat surprised at the answer, since I understood that representations had been made by the chief constable on this subject, but as obviously they have not, and there were 82 accidents last year—

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member has not yet asked a question. He has merely said that he was astonished; that is not a question.

Mr. Braine

I humbly beg your pardon, Sir. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if, in view of the number of accidents on this short stretch of road, he would treat this matter as one of utmost urgency?

Mr. Barnes indicated assent.