HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 c1078
28. Mr. Hunt

asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to reply to the application from the London Borough of Bromley, made to his Department in June 1967, for the installation of a pedestrian crossing in Plaistow Lane, Bromley.

Mr. Swingler

A reply, refusing this application was sent on 28th May. The council have requested reconsideration and this is now in hand.

Mr. Hunt

Is the Minister of State aware that that reply will be received with great disappointment in my constituency? Will he realise that, in the view of local residents, the need for this crossing has been clearly established? What makes him think that his judgment is superior to that of Bromley Council and my constituents?

Mr. Swingler

It is not only the judgment of the Ministry of Transport; it is also that of the police and others who have to be consulted and who have discussed this matter on the site. I appreciate the present disappointment. At the crossing there was restricted visibility on the downhill grade coming from the East. This matter is now being investigated to see how that visibility may be improved in order to make the crossing viable. I will let the hon. Gentleman know the result of this reconsideration as soon as I can.