HC Deb 25 May 1960 vol 624 cc440-1
32. Mrs. Butler

asked the Minister of Transport what representations he has received with regard to the need for uncontrolled pedestrian crossings in Bounds Green Road, Wood Green; and what has been his reply.

Mr. Hay

The Wood Green Borough Council proposed a pedestrian crossing in the Park Avenue-Nightingale Gardens section of Bounds Green Road on three occasions between 1952 and 1958. A census in 1958 showed that the number of pedestrians wishing to cross would not justify such provision, but two refuges were provided in May, 1959, and a third has just been completed.

Mrs. Butler

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that representations have also been made to both the borough council and him for uncontrolled pedestrian crossings in other parts of Bounds Green Road, which is not only a busy main road but also a residential road containing three schools? Is he also aware that those representations have not met with success, and that local feeling is very strongly in favour of them? Will he look at this again and consider these crossings for other parts of the road where refuges are not appropriate?

Mr. Hay

The difficulty is that we are up against the perennial problem of having too many pedestrian crossings, and so depreciating the observance which motorists pay to them. It is worth while trying out the refuges which I have referred to, but I will keep this matter under review.