HC Deb 01 December 1952 vol 508 cc1101-2
56. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport if he will circularise local authorities on the need to lay the most non-skid type of road surface for a short distance on each side of pedestrian crossings, so as to minimise the danger of skidding by vehicles which have to brake suddenly.

Mr. Braithwaite

It is the general policy of highway authorities to lay non-skid surfaces everywhere as rapidly as economic circumstances permit. I do not think that it is necessary to issue a special circular in connection with pedestrian crossings.

Mr. Russell

Would my hon. Friend not agree that it is dangerous to have slippery surfaces on either side of a pedestrian crossing, just as it is to have them on either side of traffic lights? As non-skid surfaces have been laid close to traffic lights would they not be an advantage on either side of pedestrian crossings as well?

Mr. Braithwaite

As soon as economic circumstances permit highway authorities will do this. But I think we should do well to bear in mind that it would not make for safety for either pedestrians or vehicles if everyone relied on the ability of a driver to pull up within the shortest possible distance.

Mr. Lewis

As there are many traffic light signals being prepared with a white line nearby, would it not be possible to adopt the suggestion made by the hon. Member, say, a white line within 100 yards of traffic lights on either side? That would not cost a lot of money.