Barbara and Walkden South Councillor Richard Critchley are calling on Salford Council to take urgent action to improve the safety of the East Lancashire Road at and near the junction with Old Clough Lane in Walkden.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death recently of Cameron Cash who was killed whilst crossing the East Lancs Road near Eccles Road. Cameron’s death has highlighted both how dangerous it is for people trying to cross this busy road and the urgent need for action to improve safety for pedestrians. I would like to see speeds along the built-up sections of this road brought down to 30mph. It is only at the lower speeds that a pedestrian can survive being hit by a car. A pedestrian hit by a vehicle travelling at 30mph has an 80% chance of survival, whereas a pedestrian hit by a vehicle travelling at 40mph has a 90% chance of being killed.”
“Councillor Critchley and I have been contacted by a number of parents locally who tell us they are worried about the safety of their children when they cross the East Lancs Road to and from Walkden High School each day. We are calling on Salford Council to take action to protect pupils and other pedestrians crossing at the Old Clough Lane junction of the East Lancashire Road. We are asking the Council to look at options for a safe pedestrian crossing at this junction. Although there is an underpass further along this major road, it is not well-lit nor is it accessible so it is not an option many people are prepared to use in the dark winter months. Introducing these measures could help save lives.”