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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 48 TNS tfTHBRIDGl HIRAID Wedntidny, November 15, 1971 How to Change a SQUARE into a SALESMAN PUT AN AD IN IT AND TURN IT LOOSE IN The LetHbridge Herald Phone 328-4411 and speak to a Lethbridge Herald Display Advertising Representative Driving on Bright' side of road costly LONDON (CP) Wllh Brit- ish entry into the European Common Market, British mo- torists face the possibility- still considered far they will eventually have to drive on the right. The only olher Continental European country to drive on t h c lo right-hand driving in 19C7. One of those who have studied the problem, which he calls is R. H. Clarke, senior assistant engi- neer of the Berkshire County surveyor's department. Britain has 20 million driv- ers, 15.5 million vehicles and miles of highway and apart from the physical con- version of the transportation system there would also be planning and administrative functions to be well as the supervision road safety matters immedi- ately following the Introduc- tion of the new regulations. The conversion of most modern and not be tech- nically difficult says Clarke. The British motor industry is a 'great exporter and nearly all its products arc designed for manufacture in right- and left-hand drive no major structural altera- tions will be necessary. Nevertheless the cost is con- siderable and Clarke esti- mated it perhaps as high as billion. A large proportion of older vehicles may not bo suitable for conversion. Converting the public trans- port system will be a more complex process. For exam- ple, bus doors must be reposi- tioned and there will be spe- cial problems with the stair- cases on double-decker buses. Preparing the road network Itself for right-hand driving will be the most extensive op- eration. Britain's roads serve an island which, with the ex- ception of areas in the west and north, is highly urbanized and densely populated. Reconstruction of intersec- tions will be necessary to pro- vide adequate visibility. Traf- fic islands may need resiling ajid traffic lanes, provided for turning vehicles and for slow- moving trucks on long gra- dients, will be on the wrong side of the road and will have to be realigned. Existing deceleration lanes will need lo be lengthened to fulfill their new role as accel- eration lanes. Traffic signs, road markings and signal in- stallations will all require al- teration. A host of minor modifica- tions will also be necessary Including rearrangement of on-street parking areas; re- construction of all acute-an- gled approaches to the high- way, such as those at service stations and car parks; the repositioning of Urn ranks, detector pads, railway cross- ing barriers and even milk pickup stands. Recent years have seen a great increase in road con- struction fa the United King- dom and it Is these new roads, built to stringent na- tional standards, which will require the most conversion. Cost of converting the main network of classified high- including unclassi- fied roads, service roads and private estate probably exceed ?900 million. If the conversion program is to run smoothly it is essential that over-all control la vested in a national agency with all the advantages of centralized co-ordination. When Sweden converted in 1967 its right- hand drive commission had been in operation for three years and it is likely that a British equivalent will use a similar period of preparation. oears Stock up on bar essentials. Save 4" on comfortable bucket seat stool. Reg. No dining area, rec room or home bar is complete without these attractive, comfortable, adjustable bar stools. Comfortable bucket swivel seat is covered with leather-like supported vinyl, with patterned back. Seat adjusts from 25-31" high. Colours: Black, or Fern Green, or Burnt Orange. Save 3" 31" bar stool 19" Reg. el-Futuristic foam padded back and seat. "Space Age" Design Bar Stool .99 The new look In bat stools. Supported vinyl baCK and seat Adjusts Chrome foot rest Black, avocado or tangerine. Save on modern comfortable bar stool Rog. 23.99 -A fine swivel stool for bar or breakfast nook. Vinyl upholstery, chromo legs and loot rosL 30" high. Foam padding on seals. A good buy. icive on set of 3 Stacking Stools Rag. 113.98 Reg. Every noms should have a set of versatile stacking stools. Haniiy for parties, get-togethei Vinyl seats. Steel frames for strength. AssL colours to ML Quality Costs No More at Simpsons-Sears ;