HC Deb 28 January 1941 vol 368 cc440-1W
Mr. Thurtle

asked the Home Secretary why taximeter-cabs are not allowed to cross Waterloo Bridge from South to North when they have passengers?

Mr. H. Morrison

The northern approach to Waterloo Bridge, between the Strand and the temporary bridge, is so much reduced in width on account of road works that a system of one-way traffic has had to be introduced. In view, however, of the inconvenience and hardship likely to be caused to passengers travelling from Waterloo Station, it has been decided to allow omnibuses to use the bridge and its approaches in both directions. These vehicles are limited in number and have a high carrying capacity; if other vehicles were admitted, serious congestion at the Wellington Street-Strand crossing would result. It is regretted therefore that the concession cannot be extended to cabs (or to any other class of traffic) at present. As soon as a greater width of carriageway is available at the northern approach, the ordinary two-way operation will be restored.