HC Deb 15 June 1964 vol 696 cc151-2W
Mr. Kershaw

asked the Minister of Transport how many road accidents occurred on the A.38 between Gloucester and Bristol between 1st May, 1964, and the latest convenient date; how many people were killed or injured; how many of these accidents occurred on three-lane sections of A.38; and how these figures compare with corresponding figures of a year ago.

Mr. Marples

The figures are given in the following table. They relate to the calendar month of May in each case.

1963 1964
Total number of accidents 21 25
Number on 3-lane carriageway 12 15
Total number of fatal accidents 2
Number on 3-lane carriageway 2
Total number of persons seriously injured 5 15
Number on 3-lane carriageway 3 13
Total number of persons slightly injured 11 14
Number on 3-lane carriageway 7 12

These figures are not strictly comparable, because:

  1. (i) there is 3-lane carriageway over about threequarters of the length of this stretch of road;
  2. (ii) there is a greater proportion of 3-lane carriageway now than there was a year ago;
  3. (iii) the Whitsun holiday is included in the 1964 figures;
  4. (iv) during this holiday one serious accident accounted for 10 serious injuries and one slight injury.

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