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Kerbing (Rural Areas)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 27 October 1954

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asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will consider allocating less money to the supplying of kerb stones along main roads and more money towards the widening of the said roads.

There is no separate allocation of funds for kerbing, but I am now considering the whole question of kerbing on roads in rural areas with regard both to economy and safety.

Does not my right hon. Friend consider that it would be far better to set about widening the roads which need widening, and to do less kerbing?

It is for that reason that I am looking into this matter, but my hon. and gallant Friend will no doubt be aware that, in certain districts and on certain ground, the kerb serves an important purpose in preventing water from getting under the road and undermining the foundations.

Will my right hon. Friend also bear in mind that the upright kerbstone is a very great source of danger, and will he not agree that these stones should be laid flat?

I think there is a good deal to be said for the flat or flush kerb, rather than the upright one, from that point of view, but, as I have said, I am looking into the whole matter, and I would rather not commit myself at the moment.