HC Deb 20 December 1967 vol 756 cc1238-9
27. Mr. Dunn

asked the Minister of Transport if she will make a statement on the general conditions laid down to local authorities for the inclusion of adequate pedestrian safety facilities, for the redevelopment and road widening schemes that are submitted to the Minister for grant aid.

Mr. Carmichael

General guidance to local authorities on the siting and layout of pedestrian facilities in urban areas is given in the manuals "Roads in Urban Areas" and "Urban Traffic Engineering Techniques". This guidance is taken into account in considering applications for grant.

Mr. Dunn

While thanking my hon. Friend for directing my attention to the relevant reference books in the Library, may I ask him to convey to his right hon. Friend the fact that this is a most unsatisfactory Answer in that there is growing concern about pedestrian facilities on the redeveloped highway? Will my hon. Friend accept that these facilities are both inadequate and lack common sense?

Mr. Carmichael

If my hon. Friend consults with the local authorities and divisional road engineers, he will see that in the construction of all new highways they are guided by the books to which I have referred. The Department makes every effort to see that the segregation of pedestrians is, where possible, achieved. Where it is not possible in new developments to achieve segregation completely, as much segregation as possible is achieved so that there is safety for pedestrians on the roads.