§ Mr. George Jeger
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the concern about the functioning of railway level crossings; and whether he will, in the national interest, discuss with the Railways Board the elimination of all level crossings on public highways.
§ Mr. Marsh
It is because we are aware of this concern that a Court of Inquiry has been set up to make recommendations about the safety of automatic half-barrier protection at level crossings. Whilst the separation of road and rail traffic by bridges or underpasses is generally desirable, these are often so expensive that other schemes of road improvement would give better value for money in eliminating both delays and danger.