HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 cc1891-2
44. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give an assurance that the reconsideration of the Hyde Park Boulevard Scheme will not prejudice the inclusion of an alternative scheme for this area in the expanded roads programme at an early date.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am anxious to proceed with improvements in this area as soon as is possible.

Mr. Robinson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it took his Department two or three years to discover, or at least to admit, serious defects in the original scheme? Can he give an assurance that an amended scheme will be given every priority?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I will do my best to bring it forward, but my hon. Friend is sufficiently familiar with the problem to know that other bodies, such as the London County Council, are also concerned and we have to bring the matter forward together.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

If the right hon. Gentleman is ever to do anything in or around Hyde Park in the not-too-distant future, will he give absolute priority to improving the dangerous conditions of Hyde Park Corner, the most dangerous crossroads in the country?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I was relieved by the latter part of the supplementary question. I agree that Hyde Park Corner has the highest density of traffic in the United Kingdom. For that reason, I am as anxious as anyone to get on with it.

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