§ Mr. Cartwright
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about the provision of effective electronic warning signs on major roads leading to the Woolwich ferry indicating whether or not the service is in operation; what consideration he is giving to such installations in view of the present unreliable service; and when he expects to make a decision.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
I have had two letters from the public. The department has had discussions with Newham and Greenwich. The electronic signs on the north side are out of action. We are considering with Newham the costs of replacing them to see if it is justified. On the south side the cost of providing signs on the large number of approaches would not be justified in normal circumstances. The best way forward is for a solution to be found to the current dispute. This will avoid the need for such signs.