HC Deb 26 February 1958 vol 583 cc374-5
57. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the number of accidents and casualties that have occurred on the Markyate by-pass since it was opened, the number during the same period on that section of A.5 it replaces, and the number during the comparable period of the previous year.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. G. R. H. Nugent)

There were 9 accidents involving 14 casualties on the Markyate by-pass from 8th June, 1957, to 12th February, 1958; 1 accident involving 1 casualty on A.5 in the same period; and 8 accidents involving 12 casualties on A.5 in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Mr. Ernest Davies

Does not this reveal that the work that has been done on the Markyate by-pass is quite inadequate? Was it not a short-sighted policy to build this as a two-lane carriageway instead of a dual carriageway, with crossings on the level? Is it not better, when new roadways like this are undertaken, that they should be built on such a scale that these accidents can be avoided?

Mr. Nugent

No, Sir; the by-pass was built to carry the traffic that it is now carrying; and, in fact, when the London-Birmingham motorway is opened in two years' time, and the Watford-Doncaster motorway is open, the volume of traffic travelling on the by-pass will be considerably reduced.