HC Deb 22 November 1982 vol 32 c569
8. Sir Anthony Meyer

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will study the incidence of accidents on the A55 road at Bodelwyddan, Clwyd; and if he will take steps to reduce accidents on this stretch of road pending the completion of the bypass of the village.

Mr. Michael Roberts

The Welsh Office has been keeping this under review. Various safety measures have been introduced and a pedestrian footbridge has been provided. Because of the recent fatal accidents, I have asked Clwyd county council to improve the junction with Ty Fry Lane. The Welsh Office will also consider with the council what additional preventive measures might be introduced.

Sir Anthony Meyer

I thank my hon. Friend for that helpful answer. Does he agree that the only long-term answer is to speed up the construction of the bypass? Since all agree that the only effective short-term answer would appear to be the painting of double white lines on the road, will he arrange for the present regulations forbidding the painting of double white lines in such circumstances to be overridden if necessary?

Mr. Roberts

The Bodelwyddan bypass will progress as quickly as possible, but I do not expect a start to be made before 1984. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making the constructive suggestion about white lines. These will be considered by the county surveyor and the Department's officials.