HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 cc1079-80
34. Mr. Barnett

asked the Minister of Transport what is his policy with regard to the routing of major access roads to motorways through narrow residential streets.

Mr. Swingler

No single policy can be laid down in circumstances which vary so much from place to place. Where non-trunk roads are concerned, the local highway authority is responsible for deciding in each case, in the light of the funds available, and having regard to the views of local residents, how best to meet traffic needs with the least detriment to the local environment.

Mr. Barnett

Is the Minister aware of the serious danger existing in the Holling-worth Lake area of my constituency? This is a major beauty spot in Lancashire, and there is an access road through it to the new Lancashire-Yorkshire motorway. This road goes through a residential district and, as there is an alternative road, would he consider a weight restriction for the road which runs through the residential district?

Mr. Swingler

I appreciate my hon. Friend's concern, of which I have had notice, but he will realise that we have no power in this matter. It is a matter entirely for the Lancashire County Council. The decision is entirely for it to take, but we will bring the hon. Gentleman's views to its notice.