§ 20. Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy on future road development in national parks.
§ Mr. Hooley
Is my hon. Friend aware that I welcome that statement? Does he agree that it is most important that long-distance heavy traffic routes should be devised to avoid the parks altogether, and that there should be no unnecessary so-called improvements in the natural road linkage within a park?
§ Mr. Roderick
Will the Minister maintain a flexible approach to this problem? Whereas we do not want motorways going through national parks, in my constituency the main route between North and South Wales passes through the Brecon Beacons National Park. We want improvements to that road, because traffic is no help to a national park.
§ Mr. Horam
The situation is different where there is an existing trunk route which is heavily used by traffic. Of course, one would consider that in the circumstances which are appropriate. Earlier I was talking about building a new route, and there one is obviously predisposed to be against it, in these sorts of circumstances.
§ Mr. Edwin Wainwright
Is my hon. Friend aware that I used to walk through the Derbyshire dales and through North Yorkshire, and that I know the beauty of the countryside? Should we not be doing something to try to open up the national parks? A roadway through them with good service stations and excellent parking facilities would encourage motorists to get out there with their families and stroll around.