HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 c22
41. Mr. M. Lindsay

asked the Minister of Works why contractors were permitted to dig up the road in Hyde Park, opposite Albert Gate, for some hours on Monday, 5th January, thereby causing great inconvenience to motor traffic, instead of this work having been done on the previous day, Sunday, 4th January.

Mr. Molson

A trench was dug across the road on the 16th and 17th December in connection with a traffic light scheme. The excavation was refilled but not resurfaced in order to allow the traffic to consolidate the foundation, as is the usual practice. Early on Monday, 5th January, it was noticed that the edges of the trench were beginning to crumble rapidly, and arrangements had accordingly to be made for the road to be resurfaced immediately as an emergency measure.

Sir F. Medlicott

Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the extraordinary time occupied in completing work at the junction of Whitehall into Trafalgar Square and at many other places in Central London? Can he inject a greater sense of urgency into the work of dealing with these road traffic problems?

Mr. Molson

I do not think that that can arise out of the original Question.