How one later Minister for Transport wanted HGVs to avoid city centres during daylight hours

In 1964, during a parliamentary debate welcoming the Buchanan transport-in-towns report Richard Marsh, the Labour MP for Greenwich since 1959, said:

“There is no reason why we should permit vehicle deliveries in the centre of towns during daylight hours … There is no reason why more heavy traffic should not travel at night and avoid the town centres.”

Marsh later became Minister of Transport in Harold Wilson’s Labour Government, serving 1968–9. Ten years later he converted to Thatcherism and, in 1981, he was ennobled as Baron Marsh of Wiltshire.

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