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Varied Menu of Problems on Mr. harpies' Plate

3rd November 1961
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T the same, time he has his channel crossing talks with M. Buron on 'ember 20, Mr. Marples will discuss u. matters With-the 'French Transport ister. The following day he will nd the Paris meeting of the European isters of Transport, when a host of mational problems are likely to be ussed.

ther Parliamentary matters which

fallen by the wayside for a short : include Mr. Simon Wingfield 33r's prodding of the Minister about tinental practices to reduce traffic ;estion.

.r. Wingfield Digby (C., West Dorset) not get replies last session to demands roundabouts should cease to be con:ted, and that some heavy goods des should be prohibited from the Is at week-ends. He claimed that it now common international practice void the building of roundabouts, and it was also French practice to cut heavy week-end goods loads.

o doubt he will return to these points 1, and he did get an indication of Marples' thinking on the subject of what the Continent can teach us when the Minister confirmed he had plans for "considerable extension" of the righthand turning bans in London.

Mr. Eric Fletcher, Labour M.P. for East Islington, is also on the warpath about a transport problem. He plans to ask Mr. Marples to do something about the night parking of heavy vehicles in his constituency. "They are," he says, "not only a nuisance to inhabitants, but they increase the hazards of fire by impeding the movement of fire-engines."

Other London M.P.s have been chivvying the Minister about this problem. Mr. Marples has always indicated that local authorities are the bodies who can and should act, but he has set up an inquiry into the whole matter, and M.P.s are pressing for a report.

Meanwhile, one of the surprises of the new session in Parliament is likely to be the announcement of the fist steps to introduce an entirely new form of largescale transport to Britain.

Trunk pipelines have been on the lips of many people recently, and with the suggestion that we are on the verge of

deciding upon large-scale imports f liquefied methane from the Sahara, t e great pipeline from Canvey to the Mers may become a reality.

There is a strong possibility that mai other commodities from oil, via milk, o small coal. will one day travel by pipelin thus giving a new look to the lranspo industry.

Loading Gap Talks

MR. N. S. HUNTER, vice-chairman f the eastern area of the Trader. Road Transport Association, with M W. S. Clarke, the T.R.T,A.'s traffic office and representatives of the Southen Chamber of Trade and the Road Haulas:e Association, met officers of the Southen Council and police at Southend last wee to discuss objections against the council s parking meter scheme.

The discussion concerned the report Icf the T.R.T.A.'s traffic officer on the nee for increased loading gaps to ensure th t facilities for loading and unloading we adequate.

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