HC Deb 09 February 1966 vol 724 cc381-2
7. Sir Clive Bossom

asked the Minister of Transport if she will provide information concerning the results of the experiments with double white lines on three-lane roads.

Mr. John Morris

These experiments are still in progress.

Sir Clive Bossom

Would the Minister extend these experiments to other parts of the country, because they have proved very successful in Europe? Can the House be assured that on no account will any more out-of-date three-lane roads be constructed, as they have been proved to be so dangerous?

Mr. Morris

On the first point, we have not enough experience so far to justify any firm conclusions, but we hope to make a statement before the Summer Recess. On the second point, there is little scope, looking at a period of 20 years ahead, for new three-lane roads. Usually for the needs of heavy traffic we would have dual carriageways anyway. This is a matter which will have to be considered in the light of what we discover.

Mr. Longden

In the meantime, will the Minister agree to impose the restriction on the A.41 where it runs through my constituency? This is one of the most dangerous roads in the south of England, not so much for speeding, but because of the impatient selfishness of motorists passing at the wrong time and place. All the local authorities have been asking for this restriction for a long time.

Mr. Morris

We have a number of experiments, and I am willing to consider the hon. Gentleman's suggestion.