HC Deb 23 June 1952 vol 502 cc1818-9
10. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Transport whether it is proposed to continue to maintain Belisha beacons, in view of the introduction of zebra crossings; and at what estimated annual cost.

Mr. Braithwaite

Yes, Sir, and as I informed the House on Friday last we propose that they should be lighted. The present annual cost of maintenance is very small, but the cost of maintaining lights in the beacons may be between £300,000 and £350,000 a year.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Can my hon. Friend say whether the beacons not on zebra crossings will be removed?

Mr. Braithwaite

We anticipate that they will be removed in due course, when all the crossings have been agreed.

Mr. Nabarro

Will my hon. Friend study the Continental practice in this matter where, for the last quarter of a century, every railway level crossing has been illuminated by twinkling lights of the very description which he proposes to have on crossings in this country?

Mr. Poole

Will the hon. Gentleman also contemplate how many cars meet with disaster in America on twinkling light crossings?