HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 cc16-7W
75. Mr. J. Lewis

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that, as the result of many sets of automatic traffic signals having ceased to function owing to the electricity cuts, road traffic in the City and West End of London has moved much more rapidly; and if he will make a statement on this and consult with the Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

My right hon. Friend cannot accept the implication in the Question. Properly designed traffic signals are highly efficient and their use has been advocated on many occasions by the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee with the support of the Commissioners of Police of the Metropolis and of the City of London. Any more rapid movement of traffic that may have been observed at some points recently was due to a reduction in volume.