Rosie Cooper MP

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14/11/08 West Lancs MP Rosie calls for speed cuts as Government

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling for speed limits on the district’s roads to be reassessed.

Rosie has written to Lancashire County Council urging them to take action on roads, particularly those adjacent to schools as well as other routes where there are concerns about safety.

It comes as the Government is asking highways authorities to review speed limits on their A and B roads.

Lathom High School pupil Christian Willis, 14, died while crossing Houghtons Road in Skelmersdale in October. He is the second teenager to die on the road within the past four years.

Also last month, a 30-year-old man, Neil Derrick Hardy, died after being struck by an HGV while walking on Halsall Road, Halsall.

And last week, a 29-year-old driver sustained serious head and internal injuries following a crash on Dark Lane, Lathom.

Last year, 92 people were either killed or seriously injured on West Lancashire’s roads – 11 of them being children, according to figures from the Department for Transport.

Rosie said: “These figures are a real cause for concern and I believe that there is a case for the speed limits being reduced on certain roads in West Lancashire especially those near schools, including those in either rural or semi rural locations where the current speed limits tend to be higher.

“I have raised this point with the County Council regarding Marharishi, Lathom and Our Lady Queen of Peace schools. In the case of Lathom and Our Lady Queen of Peace, children are having to walk long distances to and from school. However, the lack of pathways adjacent to the carriageways, coupled with the state of the subways, means that children are quite literally taking chances with their lives if they attempt to cross roads as they walk to school.

“The Government is now asking highways authorities to review speed limits on their A and B roads, so this is a real opportunity to make a difference and stop more people being killed or seriously injured. The Government is encouraging local authorities to implement measures such as 20mph limits and zones - and even alter speed limits by time of day around school opening and closing times. I would urge the County Council to take action now to keep our children safe.

“This review is an ideal opportunity to make the roads of West Lancashire safer and the County Council need to ensure it is not wasted.

“I shall be meeting with the County Council soon and pressing them very hard on this.”

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