§ Mr. Gorst
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish statistics for personal injury connected with use of the gap in the central reservation of the A 1 Barnet way, opposite Hyver hill, for the years 1987, 1988 and 1989; what evidence he is considering in reaching his decision on whether to close the gap; what recommendations he has received from the London borough of Barnet in connection with proposals to close the gap; and whether they have conveyed to him the views of local residents about the effects of any closure.
§ Mr. Atkins
No personal injury accidents were recorded at this gap for the years in question. The closure of the gap, in association with other works planned for the Barnet way, was proposed in consultation with the London borough of Barnet, as the Department's agent for this part of the A 1 trunk road, and was not opposed by the council's public works committee. The evidence being considered includes representations from or on behalf of seven residents of Hyver hill opposing closure, and the Department's own knowledge of and maintenance plans for the road. The leader of the council wrote to me about the effect of the proposed closure on local residents.