HC Deb 01 December 1952 vol 508 cc1099-100
50. Mr. Murray

asked the Minister of Transport if he will consider alternative means of drawing the attention of motorists when they enter the 30-mile-per-hour area; if he is aware that there are many cases of speeding on the Great North Road between Newcastle and Durham; and if he will consider drawing a white line across the road, marked in huge figures 30.

51. Mr. Grey

asked the Minister of Transport if he will consider some further method of making it more possible for motorists to observe the 30 miles per hour sign, by drawing more attention to the areas where the limit is in force.

Mr. Braithwaite

I have no evidence that the signs prescribed for this purpose are unsatisfactory. The enforcement of the speed limit is a matter for the police.

Mr. Murray

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the week before last there were four prosecutions in the Durham court and that a road sign would be an improvement, as I think the hon. Gentleman would agree if he gave this matter fresh consideration? Prosecutions are being brought week after week in respect of this place, between Pity-Me and Durham? Will the hon. Member have another look at this proposal for a white line. Surely prevention is better than cure.

Mr. Braithwaite

The white line which the hon. Gentleman suggests is not a satisfactory solution, because it rapidly wears out and is obscured by snow, mud, dust and other vehicles.