HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 c1073
1. Sir R. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport if he will take steps to arrange for all junctions where two or more roads cross one another to be made box junctions.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. Bob Brown)

No, Sir. This marking is intended to relieve particular congested junctions. Wholesale provision would be expensive and unnecessary.

Sir R. Russell

Would not the Minister agree that if box junctions were universal it would not be necessary to have warning notices, but only markings on the road, because everyone would know that these were box junctions? Would not that be a better way of relieving congestion at all junctions?

Mr. Brown

No, Sir. These box junctions are primarily intended for those signal controlled or uncontrolled junctions where real difficulties arise from vehicles blocking the exits. The junctions are very costly to provide, and their maintenance is very costly, too.

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