HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc407-8
31. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Transport how many accidents have occurred in the past 12 months involving lorries being blown over on exposed roads and bridges in high winds; and what steps are being taken by his department, other than closing such bridges as the Severn Bridge during high winds, to reduce these high wind risks to large lorries.

Mr. Bob Brown

No national figures are available, but sample surveys indicate that the number of such accidents is very small. We are prepared to authorise the use of a traffic sign at places where there is persistent danger from high winds.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Does not that show that, when other factors are equal, tunnels are preferable to bridges?

Mr. Brown

That is another question, although expense must be considered.