§ Mr. Hutchinson
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has considered the traffic conditions in Eastern Avenue, II-ford; and whether he will take steps to 1687W meet the local demand for traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, and a speed limit on this road?
§ Captain Wallace
The answer to the first part of my hon. and learned Friend's question is in the affirmative. Steps are being taken to provide dual carriageways throughout the length in question; a footbridge is to be constructed at the junction with Lancing Road and a subway will be provided at Newbury Park Station. A proposal for traffic lights at the junction with Beehive Lane is being examined.
Pedestrian crossings already exist at the junctions provided with traffic lights or roundabouts, and I do not think it advisable to add to their number. I am, however, prepared to consider any suggestions which may be made for additional subways or footbridges.
The case for a speed limit has been fully considered but I see no justification for it except where it is already in force on the short section between Cranley Drive and Brook Road, which has a single carriageway.