§ 16. Mr. Holland
asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made with the plans to ease the traffic 408 flow and improve pedestrian safety in and adjacent to Western Avenue at Gipsy Corner and East Acton Circus.
§ Mr. Galbraith
Peak-hour traffic signals at East Acton Circus and a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing over Old Oak Common Lane (South) came into operation on 16th March. Work is proceeding at Gipsy Corner on a traffic scheme which will ban all right turns at the junction to ease congestion. The inclusion of flyovers at Gipsy Corner and East Acton Circus in the five-year trunk road programme up to 1967–68 was announced in October, 1963.
§ Mr. Holland
Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that the improvement which has already taken place at Gipsy Corner tends to increase the congestion at East Acton Circus by an additional build-up of traffic and that the improvement in the flow of traffic at both points makes it hazardous for pedestrians to cross the road, as many industrial employees at Gipsy Corner and many shoppers at East Acton Circus have to do? Can my hon. Friend, therefore, try to improve the delivery date of the two flyovers which he has proposed and will he consider the possibility of subways for pedestrians?
§ Mr. Galbraith
As I think my hon. Friend knows, a subway was provided at Allan Way a year ago. As to other possible future subways, it is better to wait until we see what the consultants propose in the comprehensive review for Western Avenue between and including the two circuses.