Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara calls on new Transport Minister to drop unpopular M60 Lane gain scheme

dftBarbara has written to and met the new Transport Minister Mike Penning to urge him to drop the unpopular M60 Lain Gain scheme between junctions 12 and 15 in Worsley.

During the last Parliament, Barbara met the former Labour Transport Ministers to press them not to go ahead with the scheme. Barbara feels that much of the current congestion on the motorway is caused by poor junction design which will not be helped by the creation of an additional lane.

Barbara believes the scheme will also have a negative impact on residents living near the motorway. As well as increasing traffic on surrounding roads and increasing pollution, the scheme would involve removing trees and fences which provide vital soundproofing against noise from the motorway.

Barbara said:

“I have urged new Transport Minister Mike Penning to drop the M60 Lain Gain scheme between junctions 12 and 15 because it would not work nor provide value for money. The creation of an additional lane will not reduce congestion at the junction because motorists already have to weave through lanes as traffic comes on and off the motorway.

“Local residents are against the scheme as it would mean more traffic on nearby roads and a major increase in noise. I would not like to see heavy goods vehicles crossing an extra narrow lane to get on and off the motorway at this junction. Also, the Highways Agency’s proposals were put together without considering the impact that developments like Port Salford will have on local roads

“The Highways Agency and the Department for Transport need to drop this scheme as it is such poor value for money. When finances allow, we need a better scheme that will address the poor design of junctions 12 and 13 and take different action to reduce congestion.”

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