HC Deb 26 January 1955 vol 536 cc150-1
44. Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware that there have been many accidents, including one recent fatal one, at the junction of roads A509 and A6 in Kettering; what representations have been made about this road junction to him or to his officers; and whether he will arrange for a roundabout there.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

There have been four accidents at this spot during the past six years, and representations about the junction have been made to my divisional road engineer by the county council and the borough council. It is not proposed to construct a roundabout but a scheme to improve visibility is being prepared and the necessary acquisition of land is proceeding.

Mr. Mitchison

How many casualties does the right hon. Gentleman wish to happen before he will provide a roundabout?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

If the hon. and learned Gentleman will study my answer, he will see that it is my view that the best way to deal with the risk of future casualties in this case is not to provide a roundabout but to improve visibility, because in our view the accidents have happened because of lack of visibility.