The Conservative Transport Secretary has announced the go-ahead for the scheme to put an additional lane on the M60 between Junctions 12 to 15. In Transport Questions at Westminster yesterday Barbara questioned the decision, calling the scheme a White Elephant which she did not believe would work.
Barbara has objected to the scheme since it was first suggested to Ministers by the Highways Agency and has led a campaign so that Ministers understand the impact the additional lane will have on the lives of people who live near the motorway at Worsley.
“I question the priorities of Conservative Transport Ministers who have turned down desperately-needed major transport schemes, such as bypasses, and have pushed ahead with this scheme which is best described as an expensive white elephant. The problems that we have around Junction 13 are mainly caused by poor junction design, with traffic weaving on and off the M62 and M602 motorways onto the M60. These will not be solved by an additional lane.
"Many hundreds of local people who live next to the motorway have voiced their fears and objections to these changes. Bringing a lane of traffic closer to their homes will bring extra noise and there are also safety fears. The new lanes will be narrower and there are also fears about accidents and vehicles crashing through the barrier fences.
"I have urged Transport Ministers to think again and use scarce resources better than this, by switching public funding from this unwanted scheme to other areas where funding would bring definite improvements. I will be seeking a debate to get Transport Ministers to look at this decision again."