HC Deb 21 November 1962 vol 667 cc1208-9
41. Sir Richard Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has yet found a barrier for use on motorways strong enough to stop a vehicle from crossing into the other carriageway and resilient enough to stop the vehicle bouncing back on to its own carriageway.

Mr. Marples

I am having a full study made of measures which might be taken to prevent accidents caused by vehicles crossing the central reserve. This includes tests by the Road Research Laboratory of the various types of barrier that are at present available. In addition I am hoping shortly to authorise the installation of two ten-mile experimental lengths of flex-beam anti-crash barrier on M.1 to see what effect such a barrier has in practice compared with the remaining parts of the motorway.

Sir Richard Pilkington

If my right hon. Friend discovers the right thing will it be made standard for all motorways?

Mr. Marples

We must take one thing at a time. I should like to have the result of these experiments first before I decide what will happen.