HC Deb 30 March 1960 vol 620 cc1303-4
31. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is proposing to take to reduce the present traffic congestion outside the entrances and exits at the western end of Hyde Park.

Mr. Marples

Arrangements will shortly be completed for an experimental alteration to the means of entry into Hyde Park at Victoria Gate to eliminate the right-hand turn from the Bayswater Road. Traffic will instead proceed by way of Stanhope Terrace and Brook Street and cross the Bayswater Road at right angles under the control of traffic signals. So far as Alexandra Gate is concerned, I have nothing to add to the Answer I gave to a Question by my hon. Friend on 23rd March.

Sir W. Wakefield

Is the Minister aware that much of the congestion at these two gates is due to lack of adequate communication between North and South? Will he take steps to see that Kensington Palace Gardens is turned from a private road into a public road? That would greatly ease the congestion at these two places in Hyde Park.

Mr. Marples

My hon. Friend asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer a Question about that the other day, and I thought that he was given a wholly satisfactory answer. I think that the London Traffic Management Unit should consider the position at Alexandra Gate very carefully and study it scientifically before we decide what to do.

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