§ Dr. John Dunwoody
asked the Minister of Transport what steps he intends taking to give greater powers to local authorities and other bodies in the community with regard to the siting of pedestrian crossings, to the setting of speed limits and the building of islands in the roadway in urban areas.
§ Mr. Marsh
In July last year I announced in the House that I was issuing a circular to local authorities giving details of the arrangements for delegating to them all control over the siting of individual zebra crossings within a quota system based on their population. The circular was issued the same day and I am sending my hon. Friend a copy.
On delegation of making speed limit orders I have nothing to add to the Answer given to the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Richard Wainwright) on 6th December, 1968.
Powers enabling highway authorities to provide refuges in the road are provided under Section 68 of the Highways Act, 1959. My consent is not needed. Advice on their siting for the protection of pedestrians crossing the carriageway is contained in the Government publication Roads in Urban Areas issued in 1966.—[Vol. 744, c. 597.]