HC Deb 23 November 1955 vol 546 cc1460-1
53. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what representations have been received by him, or by the London Airport Consultative Committee, about the possibility of reopening Cranford Lane; when this matter was last reviewed by him; what present purpose is now served by the closing of this highway; and if he will issue, for an experimental period, passes to those who regularly journey between Harlington and Feltham.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Representations have been received by my Ministry from the Urban District Council of Feltham and the London Airport Consultative Committee have received similar representations from the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council. I am afraid that for the reasons which were fully explained to the hon. Member by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary on 8th August, it is not at present possible to make any alteration in the present position.

Mr. Beswick

Is the Minister aware that since that letter was written I have had some opportunity myself of inspecting the position there and find that the present arrangements do not at all meet security risks? It is possible for members of the public to wander over this area. Safety is cared for by the provision of lights controlling present traffic. Will the right hon. Gentleman please look into this personally, as the present arrangement causes much public inconvenience and serves no good purpose?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I accept that there may be inconvenience, but I think that the hon. Member knows, from his own experience, the difficulty of a main road going through the area of B.O.A.C. If we can find a solution to that difficulty, I shall be only too glad.

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