§ Mr. Russell
asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the congestion of eastbound traffic in Great George Street, Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Approach Road in the morning peak hours, and the comparatively few vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, he will experiment by making Great George Street and Birdcage Walk into one-way streets for eastbound traffic during this period and diverting westbound traffic via Tothill Street and Queen Anne's Gate.
§ Mr. Marples
The congestion at this point arises mainly from traffic saturation at peak periods in Parliament Square and the Bridge Street-Victoria Embankment junction. My hon. Friend's proposal would have too little effect on this to justify the difficulties which would be caused by routeing westbound traffic on the inadequate complementary route. A greater contribution to the free flow of traffic in the area will be made by the widening of Great George Street now in progress.