HC Deb 30 October 1957 vol 575 cc202-3
20. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will arrange for notices to be displayed at each end of all traffic diversions caused by road works, showing the date on which normal working will be resumed.

Mr. Nugent

The date when a temporary diversion ceases to be necessary depends on the progress of the work, which in turn is dependent on weather and other factors and cannot, therefore, be accurately forecast. I fear that for this reason my hon. Friend's suggestion would be extremely difficult to implement.

Mr. Russell

Does not my hon. Friend agree that, if the date could not be accurately forecast, it could be approximately forecast? Is he aware that there has been a very long diversion in West End Lane, Hampstead, for most of the summer, and would it not be most helpful to motorists to know the dates so as to be able to avoid it for a certain time?

Mr. Nugent

I will try to meet my hon. Friend's point by speeding up the work where we can, but it would not be helpful to predict a date when there are so many uncertainties.