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Eton High Street

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 15 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what steps he is taking to relieve the dangers resulting from the heavy traffic in Eton High Street.

As a result of my right hon. Friend's visit to Eton last month with the hon. Member, I understand that the Bucks County Council Highways Committee have recommended that an Order should be made derestricting the length of road between the Prince of Wales Public House, Slough, and the northern approach to Eton College. This would enable a 30 m.p.h. restriction sign to be erected immediately to the north of the College buildings, which should have the effect of slowing down traffic through Eton. I understand that the Highways Committee have also recommended that traffic signals should be installed at the junction of Keats Lane with the High Street. When these suggestions are put to us formally, we will consider them sympathetically. At my right hon. Friend's request De Havillands have agreed to send their vehicles, which formerly used Eton High Street, by a different route.

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the prospects for the authorisation of a bypass to relieve the congestion of Eton High Street.

I understand that the two highway authorities concerned have not yet agreed on the line of this road, and my right hon. Friend cannot consider the proposals until this has been done. But I ought to say that this would be an expensive scheme and my right hon. Friend sees little prospect of being able to authorise it for several years.