§ 5 and 6. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Transport (1) what reply he sent to the Cardiff City Corporation concerning restrictions on traffic using Taff Embankment, Taff Mead Embankment and Taff Terrace, Grangetown, Cardiff; and whether he will make a statement:
(2) whether he will publish his Departmental report on traffic using Corporation Road and Taff Embankment, Cardiff, respectively, indicating the relative volumes of traffic using Corporation Road, Clare Road and the Embankment Roads in Grangetown, Cardiff.
§ Mr. Hay
The Cardiff City Corporation was informed on 14th October that the Minister did not consider that he would be justified in confirming an order prohibiting the use of these roads near the River Taff by heavy traffic and less drastic methods of alleviating the situation were suggested to the corporation for its consideration. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the volumes and types of traffic using these roads and also Corporation Road and Clare Road.
|CITY OF CARDIFF|
|TRAFFIC FLOWS ALONG CORPORATION ROAD, CLARE ROAD, TAFFS MEAD EMBANKMENT, TAFF EMBANKMENT AND TAFF TERRACE, JULY, 1959|
|Classification of Vehicles||Corporation Road||Clare Road||Taffs Mead Embankment||Taff Embankment||Taff Terrace|
|Monday, 20th July, 5 to 6 p.m.||Thursday, 23rd July, 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.||Monday, 20th July, 5 to 6 p.m.||Thursday, 23rd July, 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.||Monday, 20th July, 5 to 6 p.m.||Thursday, 23rd July, 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.||Monday, 20th July, 5 to 6 p.m.||Thursday, 23rd July, 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.||Monday, 20th July, 5 to 6 p.m.||Thursday, 23rd July, 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.|
|Motor Cycles, etc.||66||23||75||27||33||14||35||13||1||2|
|Vans and Light Lorries up to 50 cwt.||63||108||80||159||56||74||14||29||6||17|
|Buses and Coaches||—||1||13||10||16||13||—||—||—||—|
§ circulate, may I ask if he is aware of the considerable dissatisfaction in Cardiff with the reply he has sent to the Corporation? In view of the fact that the people in Cardiff know better than he does what ought to be done about the traffic there, will he look again at the advice he has received?
§ Mr. Hay
I am sorry to hear that the people in Cardiff are dissatisfied with the reply we have given. The fact is that we do not agree in normal cases to diversion from existing routes except where there is some ground of danger and in this case, since at least 15 per cent. of the traffic using these routes consists of heavy vehicles, including buses, we think that possibly the corporation might, by arrangement with the bus company, arrange the diversion of the bus routes, which would help somewhat. I have looked into all this and I am sorry that I cannot agree with the hon. Member.
§ Mr. Thomas
On a point of order. I beg to give notice that, in view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.
§ Following is the table: