HC Deb 10 June 1959 vol 606 c967
47. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress he has made in the preparation of plans for designating certain roads as throughways in London and other cities; how soon he anticipates being able to make such plans operative; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nugent

We are planning to start the first clearway experiment later this summer on selected lengths of trunk road in country areas. If it is successful, we shall seek the advice of the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee on extending the experiment to the London Traffic Area. In other cities the responsibility for making the appropriate Orders would rest with the local authorities.

Sir F. Medlicott

Is the Minister aware that the great virtue of this proposal is that it recognises that the highways are intended for vehicles to move on and not just to stand still on? As in traffic matters it is not possible to please all the people all the time, may I ask the Minister not to be dissuaded by the loud cries of protest which this experiment may evoke?

Mr. Nugent

On the whole, it has had a rather good reception.

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