Road Research Board


    THE Lord President of the Council announced in the House of Commons on April 1 that the Road Research Board of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research has been re-constituted under the chairmanship of Sir Frank Smith, and that the terms of reference of the Board have been extended to enable it to deal more specifically with problems of road safety and traffic flow as well as with problems of road construction and maintenance. The change is to meet the relevant recommendations of the report of the Select Committee of the House of Lords on the Prevention of Road Accidents (the Alness Committee). The constitution of the Board is as follows: Sir Frank Smith (chairman), former secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research ; Major H.E. Aldington, chief engineer (roads), Ministry of Transport ; Prof. J. D. Bernai, professor of physics at Birkbeck College, University of London ; Mr. J. L. Beckett, city surveyor, Leicester ; Mr. R. V. Birch, on the board of several road transport companies ; Mr. E. J. Buckton, consulting engineer of Rendel, Palmer and Tritton, consulting chartered civil engineers; Sir George Burt, engineer and contractor, John Mowlem and Co. Ltd., chairman of the Building Research Board, D.S.I.R. ; Prof. J. H. Jones, professor of economics, University of Leeds; Mr. E. J. Powell, county surveyor, Glamorgan ; Mr. J. Davidson Pratt, director and secretary, Association of British Chemical Manufacturers, chairman of the Road Tar Research Committee, D.S.I.R. ; Mr. J. H.E. Richards, borough engineer, Hornsey ; Mr. E. C. Ruffle, of Morris Commercial Cars Ltd. ; Sir Alker Tripp, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police ; Col. T. U. Wilson, county surveyor, Lanarkshire. Assessors have also been appointed to the Board to represent the Ministry of Transport and other Government departments concerned with the work of the Board. The Board is charged with recommending a programme of research, advising on its execution and reporting each year on the work done. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research will be responsible for conducting the researches.

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    Road Research Board. Nature 157, 436 (1946).

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