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Hyde Park Corner (Congestion)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 4 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport what steps he proposes to take in the near future to relieve the congestion of traffic at the bottleneck by the Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner.

Traffic difficulties at this point can only be overcome by considerable road alterations. Proposals for such alterations are under consideration, but works of the magnitude involved cannot be carried out until economic conditions improve. I know of no immediate measures which are likely to be helpful.

In view of the fact that there is a considerable amount of spare ground there which neither pedestrians nor traffic use, and in view of the large number of minor accidents which are occurring, is it not possible for some temporary diversion to be made to overcome the difficulty while major policy is being decided?

This is such an exceptionally heavy traffic point that I am afraid that no temporary measures can meet the situation. It really requires the complete reorganisation of that traffic area.