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Neston MP Raises A540 Improvements in Parliament

Published: 9th November 2018 10:25

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders, called for the Government to assist with funding for improvements to the A540 in Neston during a debate in Parliament on road safety.

Raby Park Road junction with the A540'Blackspot' - the junction of the A540 and Raby Park Road in Neston.

After outlining the safety concerns at the junction with Raby Park Road, Justin set out the difficulties in bringing forward schemes of this nature, which he described as being, "too large for local authorities to act alone, but too small to be considered under the remit of Highways England or the road investment strategy."

He went on to add that such schemes, "can straddle the boundaries between local authorities and local enterprise partnerships, exacerbating the difficulty in bringing forward a viable scheme."

After pointing out that only £100 million of the £175 million originally budgeted for the Safer Roads Fund has so far been allocated, he concluded telling the Transport Minister that he would be "welcomed with open arms" in Neston if he allocated some of the remaining funds to the A540.

The full text of the debate can be found here.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said: "As I set out in my speech, the current funding mechanisms make it very difficult for schemes like the A540 to be progressed. However, that does not change the fact that there are serious safety concerns to be address, so I will continue to make the case for improvements at every opportunity.

"Sadly, the Minister did not take me up on the invitation to visit Neston on this occasion, but I will do whatever I can to ensure that the A450 is considered whenever new road improvement strategies are considered."

Neston Town Council has also been campaigning for improvements to the junction and the matter was recently featured in an ITV documentary about road safety. Read more here.

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At 13:28 on 14th November 2018, Denno commented:

I thought everything was in hand for new co-ordinated traffic lights to be installed?

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