§ 12. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that certain by-pass trunk roads built for fast traffic on town and city outskirts have, since they were so built, become enveloped in developing housing estates with schools; that such by-pass roads for fast traffic have thereby lost their original purpose and become a danger to children and adults; and if he will devise a means of obviating these dangers.
§ Mr. Nugent
Along a number of bypasses a good deal of development has taken place, particularly before the passing of the Restriction of Ribbon Development Act, 1935. Powers under the Town and Country Planning Acts are now used to preserve the traffic value of by-passes. We are reducing the dangers caused by what has happened in the past by such improvements as flyovers, underpasses and pedestrian subways so as to separate both local vehicular traffic and pedestrians from trunk road traffic.