HC Deb 16 February 1955 vol 537 c363
12. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if, in view of the improvement of the flow of traffic at Brent Bridge and Neasden Circus on the North Circular Road since roundabouts were replaced by traffic lights, he will reconsider all road improvement schemes involving the construction of roundabouts wherever the traffic is dense.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I agree that there has been an improvement. The roundabouts in question were too small, and it was not possible to enlarge them. But roundabouts of proper size are sometimes extremely effective, and I shall look at each case on the merits.

Mr. Russell

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it is not only the volume of traffic at the roundabouts that makes them awkward, but the inconvenience to drivers? Is he aware that Hyde Park Corner is about the worst place on earth to drive round because traffic on each side has to be watched? Will he take that into account in future road improvements?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Certainly, Sir, but in the proper places roundabouts are useful and are the right answer.

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