HC Deb 28 July 1965 vol 717 cc454-5
19. Mr. David Steel

asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the continually increasing traffic, he will encourage the carrying out of more road work at night, and so help to relieve daytime congestion.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I am aware of the need to minimise traffic congestion caused by road works. But, in addition to other objections, more general night work would add substantially to their cost.

Mr. Steel

While the right hon. Gentleman's last remarks are undoubtedly true, may I ask him to bear in mind that the obvious extra costs of night work might be offset by reducing the hidden costs of increased congestion during the day?

Mr. Fraser

The cost is quite an important factor, but there are other objections. There is the constant objection to night work of this kind made by residents, who complain about the noise occasioned by the work that is going on and by the traffic which is engaged for the purpose of that work.

Mr. Ford

Has the Minister any plans for carrying out road works, at night if necessary, to accommodate the Liberal juggernaut which only today appears to be on the move?