HC Deb 31 March 1955 vol 539 cc552-3
73. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what action he is taking to conduct experiments into road safety measures.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. John Profumo)

My right hon. Friend has decided that a large-scale experiment into the effectiveness of different road safety measures is desirable in order to obtain facts on which further developments can be based. In close co-operation with the local authority, this experiment will be conducted as from Saturday, 2nd April, at Slough. It will last two years. Over this period selected road works will be carried out and an improved traffic control system introduced; road safety education and police activity will be considerably intensified and the effects of all activities during the experiment will be scientifically measured. The Slough Borough Council and other interested organisations are co-operating in every way, and it is hoped that analysis of the results of the Slough experiment will yield much valuable information on existing and new road safety measures which will help in determining future policy on accident prevention.

Mr. Brockway

Whilst withholding detailed comments, is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Slough Corporation and the people of Slough will give the fullest co-operation in a scheme which aims at the saving of life not only in Slough but over the whole country?