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Congestion, London

Volume 437: debated on Monday 5 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the increasing congestion in the streets of central London due to the large number of motorcars parked by the kerb of many side streets, some of which have now been selected as alternative routes in the experiments being carried out into traffic flows; and whether he will consider the advantages that would result if no owner-driver motorcars should be left unattended except in certain defined areas between certain hours of the day.

Yes, Sir. The parking of cars in busy streets adds greatly to the congestion of traffic and I hope to indicate, in the course of a few days, certain steps which I propose to take to secure a better and safer flow of traffic. Meanwhile, I must warn motorists that the obstruction of the streets by leaving vehicles parked along the kerbs is an offence. Car parks have now been provided and should be used.