HC Deb 16 March 1988 vol 129 cc620-1W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to issue up-to-date guidance on ways in which traffic and parking in pedestrian areas can be better regulated; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

All county, borough and district councils in England and Wales are being sent a local transport note—"Getting the Right Balance—Guidance on Vehicle Restriction on Pedestrian Zones". This will also be sent to national and other organisations who responded to our earlier consultation on the subject.

The guidance to local authorities and others stresses the need for a careful balance to be drawn where ideas are being considered for pedestrian zones. Traffic restriction measures can increase safety and convenience for many pedestrians, and improve the attractiveness of a street or area. The importance of providing access for essential vehicle movements, including servicing and for mobility handicapped people is emphasised strongly.

Copies of the note have been placed in the Library, and are available for sale at HMSO.