HC Deb 06 June 1962 vol 661 c459
32. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Minister of Transport if he will impose a 40 m.p.h. speed limit on the stretch of A.21 between the derestriction sign at Starts Hill and the Green Street Green roundabout.

Mr. Hay

Traffic conditions on this length of road would not justify a 40 m.p.h. speed limit at the present time.

Mr. Lubbock

Is the hon. Gentleman really telling me that nothing can be done to alleviate the increase in the rate of accidents on this stretch of road about which he wrote to me yesterday showing that the number of accidents has increased by no less than 25 per cent. in the last nine months?

Mr. Hay

While the number of accidents has increased very slightly, I am very glad to note that fatalities have been fewer. The accident record is not high for this class of road. It is, after all, a by-pass, and what accidents occur are mainly at junctions. We are consulting the highway authority as to what improvements might be made.

Mr. P. Williams

Could we have priority given to people joining from the right?