HC Deb 27 January 1960 vol 616 cc158-60
21. Mr. Mathew

asked the Minister of Transport why police-escorted, abnormal, indivisible loads going from Teignmouth to London are routed via the unsuitable, hilly and twisting road, A.335, and thence through the outskirts of Sidmouth town before joining the main A.30 road.

Mr. Hay

The reason is that there are two low bridges on A.30 between Exeter and Honiton, and these restrict the height of the loads which can be moved by that route.

Mr. Mathew

While thanking my hon. Friend for that Answer, may I ask whether he is aware that these approaches are also narrow and contribute to a very great congestion on the A.30 during the summer months? In view of the increasing importance of the tourist industry in the summer months in that area, will my hon. Friend give the same priority to this tourist industry area as to other industrial areas?

Mr. Hay

I admire my hon. Friend's ingenuity.

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