HC Deb 05 November 1980 vol 991 cc593-4W
33. Mr. Fitch

asked the Minister of Transport what is the budget for non-motorway trunk road maintenance in the current year; and how this compares in real terms with 1975–76.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Planned expenditure on non-motorway trunk road maintenance in England in the current year is £36.6 million at November 1979 prices. Expenditure in 1975–76 was £59.2 million at the same price base.

35. Mr. Fry

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on report SR 581 from the Transport and Road Research Laboratory which shows that low-cost road engineering measures could reduce road accidents by one-fifth.

Mr. Fowler

This valuable report surveys various cost-effective means of reducing road accidents. These include, as my hon. Friend observes, low-cost engineering measures tailored to particular local factors. Techniques for identifying these are increasingly used, with impressive results, by highway authorities.