§ 25. Mr. Sumner
asked the Minister of Transport the number of accidents in Court Road, Orpington, since 1st July, 1959, and the steps being taken to improve the safety of this road.
§ Mr. Hay
Since 1st July, 1959, there have been 26 accidents involving personal injury, in 3 of which serious injuries were caused.
Plans are under examination for the construction of an island at the junction of Court Road with Spur Road and Avalon Road which, with approach islands, will improve a length of approximately 750 feet. Advance warning signs for the junction will be erected shortly; a large "Bend" sign has recently been erected about a quarter of a mile south of the junction with Spur Road and Avalon Road.
Dual carriageways are ultimately to be provided throughout Court Road.
§ Mr. Sumner
My hon. Friend will recall that his right hon. Friend wrote to me on 3rd December last saying that this would be dealt with as a matter of urgency. He said, in fact, that he would ask his divisional engineer to speed things up as much as possible. As the figures of accidents seem most regrettably to have increased—over 24 in the previous year—is my hon. Friend satisfied that sufficient urgency is being given to this matter?