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River Vessels (Speed Limit)

Volume 529: debated on Wednesday 7 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the damage being done to the banks of many of the rivers of which the British Transport Commission is the navigation authority, by the excessive speed of tugs and barges; and whether he will give a general direction to the British Transport Commission to take such steps as will ensure that stricter speed limits are introduced.

I do not think this is a problem of such a general character as would justify a general direction. I am glad to say, however, that in the course of a general review of byelaws which the British Transport Commission intends shortly to undertake, it will discuss with representatives of the waterway carriers the whole question of erosion on the River Severn, including the question of the speed limit.