HC Deb 23 March 1960 vol 620 cc488-9
25. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is taking to alleviate the dangers of crossing the A.6 road which runs through Disley village in Cheshire, having regard to the details which have already been sent to him.

Mr. Hay

Our divisional road engineer asked the Disley Rural District Council last September for an up-to-date traffic census and accident report. Until we receive it, we cannot decide what safety measures it could be justifiable or practicable to introduce on this stretch of road.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Will my hon. Friend urge his officials to get really busy on this? There was almost a fatal accident ten days ago, and the local authority informed my constituent that nothing could be done until the number of fatalities increased. How many deaths must there be before we can put up traffic lights?

Mr. Hay

That is quite an incorrect way to look at the matter. The position is that we have to ask the rural district council to provide an up-to-date traffic census and accident report. Until we get those we cannot decide what sort of safety measures should be put there. We are in their hands. The more quickly the local authority can give us the information, the more quickly can we come to a decision.