HC Deb 16 November 1977 vol 939 cc252-3W
59. Sir G. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Transport, in view of strong local opposition in Desborough, Northamptonshire, to the proposed increase in the speed limit from 30 mph to 40 mph on the A6 road which passes through the middle of the town, if he will make a statement on the conditions under which he sanctions proposals for an increase in the speed limit on such roads in towns.

Mr. Horam

No decision has yet been taken on the speed limit at Desborough. It is normally appropriate to raise 30 mph speed limits when speed readings and accident figures show that the road is capable of carrying traffic at speeds appropriate to a 40 mph limit without undue risk. Account is taken of the character of the road and the environment through which it passes.