“Residents and businesses in this area cannot afford to wait a decade for action to be taken” said Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders as he handed in a petition to the Department for Transport, calling for safety improvements to be made to the M56 between junctions 12 and 14.
The stretch of M56 between Chester and Runcorn has experienced a substantial increase in the number of road traffic collisions in recent years, especially between junctions 12 and 14. Many of these have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities.
There have been several recent incidents which have led to the complete or partial closure of this key highway, leaving the surrounding road network unable to cope with the sheer volume of traffic. This has brought misery to thousands of local residents, businesses and commuters who are regularly affected by problems on the M56.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently announced that it will be upgrading other sections of the M56 to become 'smart motorway', yet following a number of questions to Ministers and Officials, Justin was very concerned to find that no action will be taken to improve the section between junctions 12 and 14 until 2021 at the earliest.
Commenting after handing in the almost 400 strong petition, Justin said:
“Residents and businesses in this area cannot afford to wait a decade for action to be taken to address a serious issue which is impacting them now.
A petition on my website has now been signed by 392 local residents, who share my concerns about this stretch of the M56 and my frustration at the inaction of the Government.
Given the level of concern locally about this area and the clear evidence that the situation has worsened in recent years, Minsters need to intervene urgently and take action now.”