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Double White Line System

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 17 May 1961

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43.

asked the Minister of Transport what have been the results, to date, of the operation of the double white line system and its restriction on overtaking; and if he will make a statement.

From the information so far available, it is not possible to say, with any certainty, what effect the double white line system has had on the accident rate. The Road Research Laboratory is making a survey of the behaviour of drivers on roads marked with double white lines: I hope to have its report shortly.

Can my right hon. Friend say whether he has had any police reports on the degree to which it is observed?

We have had certain reports, but the difficulty, from what I have received, is that these are not comprehensive enough upon which to come to a decision. I should prefer to wait until the reports are complete.

SCHEMES IN THE ROAD PROGRAMME IN WALES COSTING OVER £100,000 STARTED IN 1960
Estimated CostWork StartedCompletion Date

Trunk Roads

£
A.465 Heads of the Valleys Road. Stage I—Brynmawr to Abergavenny1,500,000March, 1960December, 1962
A.148 Port Talbot By-Pass. Stage I—Briton Ferry to Baglan475,000July, 1960September, 1961
A.494 Queensferry By-Pass832,000July, 1960July, 1961

Classified Roads

A.483 Swansea East side Approach Road: Section 5—Fabian Street420,000September, 1960April, 1962
Section 6—York Street to existing New Cut Bridge618,000October, 1960March, 1963