HC Deb 02 July 1951 vol 489 cc1875-6
13. Mr. W. Robson-Brown

asked the Minister of Transport if he will inquire into the habit of omnibuses going into Victoria Station, first stopping for several minutes on the streets outside the Station yard; and, in view of the congestion and inconvenience caused by this practice to the flow of traffic, if he will take steps to stop it.

Mr. Barnes

Buses occasionally arrive ahead of schedule when there is no room for them in the forecourt at the station. The London Transport Executive inform me that they do their best to minimise this, but it cannot be avoided altogether.

Mr. Robson-Brown

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is a regular happening, and that I have seen buses standing in a line in the main streets outside the railway station at a time when there has been room in the yard, otherwise I should not have brought this matter forward; and does he realise that a re-scheduling of the buses is called for? Further, and most important, is he aware that visitors to London—frequently foreign visitors—often get off these buses under the impression that they have finished their journey and, at the risk of life and limb, go through the traffic to get to the station?

Mr. Barnes

The hon. Member has said that he has seen buses outside the station when there has been room in the yard, and I will have that matter investigated. Generally speaking, these buses serve routes on which there is very heavy traffic, and it is impossible to keep them to a five minute schedule. London Transport keep a careful check, but I will have inquiries made.

Mr. Henry Strauss

How does one cure an omnibus of a bad habit?