HC Deb 31 July 1963 vol 682 cc72-3W
78. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport when the long-term development plan for the reduction of traffic congestion round Victoria Station will be implemented.

Mr. Marples

I understand from the London County Council that the two new roads are likely to be completed in April, 1964. I am working on a comprehensive one-way scheme for the Victoria area including these new roads.

Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the traffic congestion in the area of Victoria Station, S.W.1, on Saturday mornings and especially on 27th July; why buses whose routes terminate in the station yard enter and leave in the opposite direction to other traffic; and if, in order to lessen the congestion during the holiday period, he will experiment with one way working in this and other thorough fares such as Wilton Road.

Mr. Marples

I am aware of the difficulties in this area, including those of holiday traffic on Saturdays in summer.

The bus routings into and out of the station have been the same for many years. They do not in fact cause difficulty.

No simple one-way system would decrease congestion round the station, but I am working on a comprehensive scheme designed to ease difficulties over a wider area. I hope to announce details shortly.