HL Deb 10 March 1976 vol 368 cc1398-400WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What decision has been taken about the proposal to close the Roehampton and Sheen gates in Richmond Park to motor traffic on an experimental basis during the morning and evening rush hours on Monday to Friday and to reduce the speed limit in the Park to 20 mph.

Baroness BIRK

These proposals were originally put forward by the local authorities which adjoin the Park to help reduce the amount of traffic using the Park. We have carefully considered the many representations which have been made about these proposals. In view of the effect on the peripheral roads, the inconvenience to local people and the weight of feeling against the gate closures, I have decided not to proceed with this part of the experiment. It is proposed, however, that new draft regulations to reduce the speed limit in Richmond Park to 20 mph should in due course be laid before Parliament.

House adjourned at twenty-one minutes before nine o'clock.