§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the large number of accidents at Medway Junction, Western Avenue, in recent years, why have no safety measures been taken by him on this trunk road; and what is the reason for the delay in the installation of a safety crossing.
§ Mr. Barnes
There is great difficulty in resolving the conflicting needs of heavy trunk-road traffic and pedestrian safety at this place. A foot-bridge was provided nearby several years ago, so that people are not bound to cross over the carriageway, but a thorough investigation of traffic conditions over a period of several months showed that a permanent solution could best be achieved by the lay-out eventually planned for this stretch of road. Detailed plans for dual carriageways with central islands, guard rails and a subway were therefore prepared and I had intended to put this work in hand as a matter of urgency. I was, however, compelled to review this proposal by the paramount need to reduce expenditure to meet present economic difficulties. I have now decided to install pedestrian-operated traffic lights as an immediate short-term measure. The160W signal installation has already been designed, delivery of the equipment is expected next week, and I hope that the signals will be working before the end of November. Meanwhile the Police are controlling traffic at this point during the busy hours.