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Traffic Lights, London (Area Control)

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 26 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will establish in London a central control for traffic lights, similar to that in Paris, which permanently records the flow of traffic to enable hour to hour alterations of the timing of the traffic lights to be made; and what he estimates would be the cost of this.

No. The vehicle-actuated signals we now install adjust themselves much more quickly to the flow of traffic. They can be coordinated with one another, as is the case in the Tottenham Court Road-Gower Street area. With the Road Research Laboratory I am investigating the possibility of other forms of area control in order to achieve even better results.