Barbara Keeley

LABOUR CANDIDATE FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara challenges local councils to cut speed limits and save lives

East Lancs RdBarbara has stepped up her campaign to cut the speed limit along the East Lancashire Road, following the publication of new Government guidance aimed at saving one thousand lives nationally each year.

Barbara is urging Wigan and Salford Council’s to follow the Department of Transport’s proposal to reduce the speed limit on A-roads to 50mph, and even further on dangerous stretches of road.

Barbara has previously campaigned to have the speed limit cut to 30mph at areas where there have been fatalities, such as Chaddock Lane junction.

The Department for Transport also recommends cutting the speed limit in residential and school zones to 20mph to make roads safer.

By taking this action, the Government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths by a third by 2020.

Barbara said:

“I have been calling for Salford and Wigan Councils to cut the speed limit along the built-up sections of the East Lancashire Road, especially where there have been recent fatalities. But so far no action has been agreed.

“Under the Government’s new guidance local councils will now have to review the speed limits on all A-roads and reduce the limit on dangerous stretches to prevent casualties.

“We need the councils to take urgent action to make our roads safer and protect pedestrians. Manchester and Trafford Councils have already reduced the speed limit to 30mph in built-up areas along major routes like the A5103 and the A56 roads. There is no excuse for Wigan and Salford Councils not to do the same, and under the Government’s new plans they will have to justify keeping the current limit.

“I will continue to place pressure on both councils to make our roads safer for all pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”

For more information, visit www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/roadsafetyconsultation

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