HC Deb 16 November 1972 vol 846 cc593-4
14. Mr. Molyneaux

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will impose a speed limit on the approach road to Aldergrove Airport between Nutts corner and Antrim.

Mr. Peter Mills

I am not aware of the need for a speed limit on the approach roads to Aldergrove Airport. If my hon. Friend will let me know his reasons for suggesting a speed limit on any particular stretch of road I will arrange for the matter to be investigated.

Mr. Molyneaux

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that there have been a number of fatal accidents on the trunk road leading east from the airport? I trust that this will not cause any great amusement on the Labour benches. In recent months speeds of 100 mph have been not uncommon, and the volume of traffic is increasing rapidly because of the five major roads feeding into the roundabout.

Mr. Mills

More definite and precise information is required of the exact spot at which my hon. Friend would like the speed limit imposed. An important criterion is that a speed limit should be realistic and capable of being enforced, so we must know where the spot is and where the dangers are. I shall probably be travelling along this road a considerable number of times in the near future and I shall personally investigate for the hon. Member.