§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in connection with the proposed road closure at the junction of Lanrick road and East India Dock road in Poplar, east London; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
No proposal has been made to close Lanrick road at its junction with East India Dock road. Representations have been received about the local authority's suggested closure of Lanrick road at its junction with Portree road. These were from the deputy mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, the chief executive of the Poplar standing neighbourhood committee, the local Liberal Focus team, enclosing a petition signed by 230 local residents, and two members of the public. The Department is concerned at the safety implications of the proposed closure since it would create a cul-de-sac access to the busy A13 trunk road. My right hon. Friend would consider any formal proposal made by the local highway authority on its merits.