HC Deb 01 December 1965 vol 721 c1404
33. Mr. Alison

asked the Minister of Transport how many serious accidents, including fatalities, have occurred on the A.59 road between York and Harrogate in the latest available 12-month period; and how this compares with the preceding 12-month period.

Mr. Swingler

In the 12 months up to 30th September, 1965, there were 39 serious accidents, including 6 fatal; in the preceding 12 months there were 50 serious accidents, including 4 fatal.

Mr. Alison

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask whether he would agree that this 15 or 20 mile stretch of road is clearly very perilous? Can he assure us that these facts have been taken into account in his right hon. Friend's consideration of the closure of the York to Harrogate railway line?

Mr. Swingler

Yes. These facts are being taken into account and my right hon. Friend is considering a scheme for flyovers in this area in the next roll forward of the road programme.