§ Mr. Higgs
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport why proposed trunk roads are being 177W planned with a strip of land in the centre which, during rush periods, prevents the full width of the road being used for traffic in both directions; and if he has considered the advisability of doing away with this and thereby considerably reducing the overall width.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Where the traffic justifies that course, trunk roads are now planned with two carriageways, divided by a central strip of land. This is done in order to separate the two streams of traffic going in opposite directions. It is regarded as one of the most valuable of all measures for the promotion of road safety. Wherever possible, the central strip is made wide enough to allow the planting of trees, shrubs and bushes. This not only adds to the amenities of the road, but helps to reduce the danger and discomfort caused by dazzle from the headlights of approaching vehicles.