HC Deb 08 December 1971 vol 827 c1284
21. Mr. Allason

asked the Secretary ct State for the Environment whether he will make use of road bumps to slow traffic where necessary on trunk roads.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

No. Sir. On these roads they would cause more danger than they would prevent.

Mr. Allason

But does not my hon. Friend feel that there should be some control over lorries which thunder through villages on main roads at high speed? Has he noticed that the bumps used in Belfast succeed in slowing traffic down quite considerably?

Mr. Griffiths

I cannot speak about the bumps in Belfast. If bumps on the road were high enough to reduce the speed of very large vehicles, they would be too high for smaller vehicles and, in particular, cyclists.

Mr. R. C. Mitchell

Are not the bumps on most of our trunk roads already there?

Mr. Griffiths

If they are, they were left there by the previous Administration, and we are engaged in removing them.