§ Sir A. Bossom
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will consult with the authorities affected to ensure that the present haphazard procedure in ripping-up roadways at inconvenient times in the year, particularly when it is not necessary at that time, is stopped, and in its place, alterations and repairs to important London thoroughfares be carried out at the most convenient time.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
I do not think that further steps as suggested are necessary. Under the London Traffic Act, 1924, I already make orders every six months laying down a programme of starting dates for road works on the main traffic routes in the London traffic area. Before these orders are made there is full consultation with all the highway authorities and statutory undertakers affected and with the police; I also obtain the advice of the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee. The orders ensure that there is a proper co-ordination of all works which affect more than one-third of the carriageway width, with the sole exception of emergency works.