HC Deb 01 February 1961 vol 633 cc974-5
16. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the recent experiment carried out by the Road Research Laboratory at Middlesbrough requiring drivers to give way to vehicles approaching from the right is regarded as highly successful; and if he will take steps to make this generally applicable.

Mr. Hay

This was a limited experiment on a small roundabout. We are advised that further trials will be necessary before conclusions can be drawn which are sufficiently reliable for general application.

Sir B. Janner

In view of the fact that there were some highly successful results, particularly in the limitation of time needed by traffic, does not the Minister think that it would be useful to introduce this arrangement, at any rate for the time being, to see how it works in various areas?

Mr. Hay

I have personally a good deal of sympathy with the point which the hon. Member puts, but the results of this experiment did not bear out what he has just said. In fact, the journey-time for the afternoon peak traffic was increased rather than reduced. I am afraid that we cannot see our way clear to make this general application until we have done more experiments.