HC Deb 23 March 1960 vol 620 cc491-2
35. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give, expressed in vehicle miles, the fatality rate and the injury accident rate for M.1 and M.45 and for the comparable length of A.5 and A.45, respectively, to the latest convenient date, and similar figures for the same length of A.5 and A.45 for a comparable period before the motorways were open to traffic.

Mr. Marples

Between 2nd November, 1959, and 29th February, 1960, the fatality rate on M.1 and M.45 was 0.11 per million vehicle miles and the injury accident rate was 0.9. No comparable figures for A.5 and A.45 are available.

Mr. Janner

Is the Minister satisfied that the construction of the motorways has really improved the situation, and will he say how the matter is proceeding as regards the Leicestershire portion of the London-Yorkshire motorway?

Mr. Marples

I think, though I am not yet certain, that it has helped the accident rate. These figures should be considered with some reserve, as all the traffic on the motorway has been in the winter months and too short a time really has elapsed to reach a firm conclusion.

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