HC Deb 05 July 1972 vol 840 c550
43. Mr. Loveridge

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if the Government will reduce the maximum limit of 200 yards between lights in built-up areas for all future installations; and if he will allow 30 miles per hour speed-limit signs to be placed on roads where the lights are over 100 yards apart.

Mr. Peyton

No maximum limit for the spacing of street lighting in built-up areas has been laid down. The answer to the second part of the Question is "No".

Mr. Loveridge

I am sorry to hear my right hon. Friend say that. Is he aware that in streets in which the lights are fixed at extreme distances, when such streets are used, as they sometimes are, by by passers, lorry drivers and others tend to miss the fact that they are passing through a built-up area and drive at speeds above the limit? Will my right hon. Friend change the regulations to allow 30 mph signs to be placed in such streets?

Mr. Peyton

I acknowledge that there is weight in what my hon. Friend says but I feel that one should avoid a proliferation of signs.