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Trafalgar Square (Traffic Hold-Up)

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cause of the severe and prolonged traffic hold-up in the early even- ing of 6th November in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square; and what attempt was made to relieve this by redirecting cars so as to minimise the congestion which was causing a delay of half an hour.

I am informed by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the hold-up cannot be ascribed to any particular cause. In order to relieve the situation, police manned all junctions in the neighbourhood and gradually improved the flow of traffic, which became normal by about 7.15 p.m.