asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that, since 9th November there have been five accidents, involving eight fatalities on the A4 Bath Road between Woolhampton and Hun-gerford; to what extent these accidents are attributable to the volume of Traffic in excess of the designed capacity of the road; and what improvements are pro posed to reduce the likelihood of repetition of these tragedies.
I understand that since 9th November four accidents involving seven fatalities have occurred on this section of the A4. One further fatality occurred as a result of an accident in Thatcham on 1st November. There is no conclusive evidence that these accidents resulted from the volume of traffic exceeding the design capacity of the road. The M4, when completed, will relieve the A4 of considerable volumes of traffic.