HC Deb 20 December 1961 vol 651 cc1356-7
40. Mr. Kitson

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is yet in a position to announce the composition of the independent committee which is to review traffic signs.

41. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Transport what his plans are for a review of road traffic signs.

Mr. Marples

I am glad to say that Sir Walter Worboys has agreed to become chairman of this Committee which, as I announced on 2nd August, the Secretary of State for Scotland and I are setting up to review traffic signs. I am making good progress in appointing the other members, and hope to announce their names within the next few weeks.

Mr. Kitson

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it would be a good thing if traffic signs were the same all over the country instead of varying from town to town and county to county?

Mr. Marples

I certainly do agree. The object of the Committee will be to get standard signs which are consistent and are the same all over the country, because a motorist on the North-East Coast should see the same signs when he goes to the South-West. The signs should also be legible. At present, too many of them, in my view, are not. I hope that we shall also see aesthetics taken into account in the designs.

Mr. H. Hynd

Will my right hon. Friend also consider standardisation with the Continent?

Mr. Marples

That will be taken into account. The motorway signs are excellent and I hope that the same signs will be seen on all roads.

Mr. Peyton

Can we have some really short-sighted people on the Committee, so that the signs will be easily read?

Mr. Marples

I will bear my hon. Friend's application in mind.

Mr. Slater

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us what purpose he expects the Committee to serve? Why does not he call in his divisional road engineers? They could give him all the necessary information about road signs and he could make up his own mind instead of depending on a committee.

Mr. Marples

Divisional road engineers will be giving evidence to the Committee.

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