§ 10. Mr. Russell
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will consider introducing, at suitable road junctions, the system whereby drivers may turn left, after first stopping, even when the traffic signals are red, provided priority is given to pedestrians, in view of the success of similar systems abroad.
§ Mr. Nugent
We consider that filtration against the red light should not be allowed, except on a green arrow signal. In our opinion general filtration against the red light makes it impossible to give adequate protection to pedestrians.
§ Mr. Russell
Is my hon. Friend aware that this system works in some other countries? For instance, it is used in New York and Paris, except that the filter is to the right and not to the left, of course. In any case, will he expedite the use of the green filter in cases where he thinks it would work?
§ Mr. Nugent
Yes, Sir. We always have that point under consideration. Where we can, we do use the green filter. But there are divided opinions about automatic filtering in other countries and it is by no means generally thought to be good.
Mr. J. T. Price
Will the hon. Gentleman resist all attempts to introduce this method of filtering at road junctions? Are not conditions sufficiently bewildering already for pedestrians who already do not know when they may safely cross a road, even when traffic signals are against vehicles? Is he aware that if another complication is introduced, it will be quite beyond the comprehension of pedestrians, particularly elderly people, who often flounder about on crossings even when they think that it is safe to cross when the lights are against the traffic? Will he resist this suggestion as only adding to the dangers to pedestrians?