Neston Town Council Calls For Major Improvements to A540 Junctions
|Published: 5th December 2017 15:38|
During November 2017, Neston Town Council heard from Mrs Pauline Fielding about the dangers at the junction of Raby Park Road and the A540 Chester High Road.
The Council also received a report from Councillor Ceri Lloyd and letters from two residents suggesting the need for an overhaul of the A540 junctions adjacent to Neston.
A typically chaotic scene at the junction of Raby Park Road and the A540.
Mrs Fielding said: "I have been campaigning for 23 years, since my son Andrew was killed in a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene and who was never traced. I am extremely grateful for the support of so many people over the years, including that of members of the public, Justin Madders MP, Neston Town Council and the Trustees of Neston High School, which is sited a short distance from the junction.
"Incredibly, 23 years after Andrew died, the junction remains unimproved - and has become increasingly dangerous. I call on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to ensure that adequate improvements are made to the junction such as linked traffic lights that will help to prevent further death and injury".
Now Neston Town Council has added its weight to the cause by resolving to ask CWaC to undertake major improvements to install linked lights at the junction of Raby Park Road and the A540. It also resolved that the Independent CWaC councillor for Parkgate, Martin Barker, who was also at the November committee meeting, would take a question to the CWaC Full Council meeting in Winsford on 14 December 2017.
Cllr Martin Barker, Mrs Pauline Fielding and Cllr Ceri Lloyd.
Councillor Barker said: "I welcome the proposal by CWaC for limited improvements to the Raby Park Road junction. But if we are to make this important road safer and better for its users, a more comprehensive scheme is needed that coordinates the traffic lights at all the junctions to Neston and Parkgate from the A540.
"This has become increasingly important because of the redeveloped High School, the enlarged distribution warehouse, and the additional housing planned at Hinderton Hall. We need to look ahead at the future pressures on this road as well as reflecting on the experiences of the past, such as those of the Fielding family, which demand an effective response."
Councillor Ceri Lloyd added: "Pauline Fielding's heroic work to ensure that no more families have to experience the grief that she and her family have endured since 1994 is an example to us all. Neston Town Council has signalled its support for her campaign, and I urge residents of the borough to sign the petition before it is presented to CWaC on 14 December.
"The A540 is a vital link to the town and it is essential that it is made as safe as possible for all road users as a matter of urgency."
The petition set up by Justin Madders MP can be signed online here, or in person at Neston Town Hall.