Barbara has welcomed the fact that her work on highlighting traffic congestion issues has now pushed Greater Manchester transport bosses to try to find measures to ease traffic congestion in Salford.
Barbara had called on senior officials from Salford Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Highways England and Urban Vision to take urgent action to alleviate the regular traffic chaos locally. Transport bosses are now coming up with a list of ideas in response to Barbara’s campaign to ease pressure on local traffic hotspots.
Traffic on roads in Salford has increased by 3.6% in the year to December 2015, more than the 1.1% average across Greater Manchester. Following the lack of any suitable solutions being put forward by the senior transport officials, Barbara asked local people for their ideas on how to tackle the problems. Barbara’s survey revealed that 96% of people who had responded had seen their journey time increase in recent months.
Barbara took the survey responses to Greater Manchester transport bosses and called for solutions be looked at again. Following Barbara’s recent meetings with Transport for Greater Manchester and a second City Council Traffic Summit, transport officials are now working on a number of short to medium-term measures to try to ease congestion at some of the major traffic hotspots in Salford.
“I am delighted that transport officials have listened to the concerns raised by me and local residents. Action to ease the intolerable levels of traffic congestion is long overdue. Traffic congestion across Salford is making people’s lives a misery, and without immediate action these problems will only get worse.
“I receive many complaints about the levels of traffic congestion locally. There are concerns not just about the long delays people have when travelling to work but also reports from parents struggling to drop-off and collect children from school, missed hospital appointments, businesses unable to open on time in the morning and employees fearing they will lose their jobs as a result of the delays due to traffic congestion. I felt it was important that transport officials heard these stories and understood the impact the congestion was having on the lives of local people.
“I called on transport officials to do whatever was possible to help improve the lives of people who find themselves stuck each day in this traffic nightmare. I hope that these short to medium-term measures being examined will be able to ease the traffic congestion in the coming months.”
Barbara has welcomed the fact that her work on highlighting traffic congestion issues has now pushed Greater Manchester transport bosses to try to find measures to ease traffic congestion in...
Barbara has raised concerns about the way the Conservative Government’s so-called “National Living Wage” is being handled for care workers.
Care workers who have been earning the National Minimum Wage should now be paid £7.20 an hour. This is the rate which the Government calls the new “National Living Wage”, which came into force this month.
The introduction of the new minimum hourly wage means that many care sector providers have seen their costs rise. Barbara will be raising concerns in Parliament about the way some care providers in the North West and other areas are managing the increase. It appears that some care workers are losing out on vital pay and conditions as a result of the way that care providers are responding to the increased pay costs.
“The care sector is in crisis nationally. Many care providers have been warning that the Conservative Government’s failure to provide any additional funding for the National Living Wage could result in providers becoming financially unviable.
“I was shocked to hear that some providers are now altering their employment contracts and conditions so that the additional costs from paying the national minimum wage are actually being met by the care workers themselves. It is deeply concerning to hear that hardworking care workers, many of whom are already underpaid, are being cheated of pay increases by employers altering their employment conditions.
“I would like to hear if this issue is affecting care workers locally. If you are a paid care worker and you are losing out on your pay and conditions to cover any pay increase you would get from what the Government calls the "National Living Wage", please get in touch by emailing me via my website here. Any information you send me will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“The National Living Wage was supposed to improve living standards. It is completely unacceptable if care workers are being treated in this way. I hope to raise these issues during a debate in Parliament on 18th April, where I will be calling on the Government to take action to make sure that care workers get the pay increase they deserve.”
Barbara has raised concerns about the way the Conservative Government’s so-called “National Living Wage” is being handled for care workers. Care workers who have been earning the National Minimum Wage...
Barbara will object to Royal Mail about a proposal they are looking at to relocate the Irlam Delivery Office to Urmston. This relocation would move the sorting and delivery office over 6 miles from its current location.
Barbara will object because of the impact she feels that the relocation of Irlam delivery office could have on delivery office staff and on residents of Irlam and Cadishead. Ward councillors Roger Jones, Tracy Kelly, Peter Taylor, John Walsh, Christine Hudson and Jimmy Hunt are joining Barbara in objecting to the proposed re-location from Irlam to Urmston.
Royal Mail are also considering relocating their Tyldesley Delivery Office into Manchester North West Delivery Office which is located on the Wardley Industrial Estate.
“I object to this move as I feel it would have a significant impact on the staff at Irlam delivery office and on Royal Mail customers who collect parcels from the Irlam office. Royal Mail is looking at moving the office over 6 miles away to Urmston. This would make for a difficult commute to work for staff and may be an impossible journey for some Royal Mail customers.
“Urmston is only accessible for rail passengers - there are no direct bus services between Irlam and Urmston and car drivers would encounter the traffic congestion that plagues the M60 near the Trafford Centre. I don’t believe it is fair for Royal Mail to inflict this difficult journey onto staff and customers in Irlam and I and the local councillors will be sending in our objections to this proposal.
“I will also object to Royal Mail re-locating the delivery office from Tyldesley to Shield Drive in Wardley. This would cause similar problems for delivery office staff and for people with M29 postcodes who need to collect parcels. The East Lancs Road is already so heavily congested that adding to that congestion and forcing staff and customers to make this journey is just not sensible.
“Any constituents who would like to send me their comments on these relocation proposals can do so here.”
Here is the letter of objection which I have sent to Royal Mail:
Barbara will object to Royal Mail about a proposal they are looking at to relocate the Irlam Delivery Office to Urmston. This relocation would move the sorting and delivery office...