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Neston Represented at World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Published: 22nd November 2018 13:55

RoadPeace in Merseyside held its annual service of remembrance at St George's Hall in Liverpool on 18 November, during which many names of people who have been killed on the roads were remembered.

It also acknowledged the terrible impact on their families and friends, and on the emergency service personnel, whose job it is to deal with the aftermath of these tragic incidents. Each death may warrant just a few words in the newspapers, but causes a lifetime of grief for loved ones.

This was an important day for Neston Town Council in its continuing campaign to improve road safety in and around the town - with special reference to the junctions on the A540. It was the death of Andrew Fielding in June 1994 at the junction of the A540 and Raby Park Road that led to Pauline Fielding starting a campaign to improve safety at that location - a campaign that the Town Council has been supporting. There were two deaths on the town centre roads in 2016 and a further death nearby on the A540 this year.

Pauline Fielding and Councillor Ceri Lloyd at St George's Hall with a Remembrance Plaque that is used at the site of road deathsPauline Fielding and Councillor Ceri Lloyd at St George's Hall with a Remembrance Plaque that is used at the site of road deaths

Neston Town Councillor Ceri Lloyd attended the event in Liverpool with Phil Lloyd. Phil chairs the Transport Working Group that has coordinated the response of the Town Council to this and other transport and traffic matters through its Places Committee.

Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC) Councillor Martin Barker (who is also a Neston Town Council Member) assisted Pauline Fielding when she presented a petition about the A540 at CWaC Full Council in December 2017.

The A540 also featured recently on ITV's Tonight ‘Driving - The True Cost'; while Justin Madders MP raised the matter in Parliament on 5th November.

One of the five doves released at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service in Liverpool on 18 November - representing the average daily death toll on Britain's roads One of the five doves released at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service in Liverpool on 18 November - representing the average daily death toll on Britain's roads

Councillor Ceri Lloyd said: ‘This service was an occasion to recall the relentless cost of serious injuries on our roads. There have been road deaths in and around Neston in recent years and many more accidents.

"That is why Neston Town Council gives such prominence to road safety and public transport - and why this campaign will continue and grow. Pauline Fielding's selfless campaign is an example to us all and we are so grateful that she fights hard to make our roads safer.'

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Denno
At 11:53 on 28th November 2018, Denno commented:
I cannot understand why it is taking so long to erect co-ordinated traffic lights at the Raby Road junction.All we get is talk,sympathy but no constructive action. It really is not good enough.
Dan
At 20:38 on 28th November 2018, Dan commented:
Apparently its the cost and complexity that is the issue. Putting aside the feasibility study, traffic surveys etc its apparently extremely complicated to install traffic lights at that junction. Cables have to be installed to interlink the other traffic lights (I assume for flow control) and sensors installed, plus I believe the right mains power at that exact location would need to be supplied.

In short it comes down to ££££ and sadly it may take another tragedy before it actually happens
Denno
At 12:17 on 30th November 2018, Denno commented:

Thanks Dan. If your comment does not still our councils into action,then,nothing will.Just the thought of another tragedy and death fills me with horror. Personally,I try to avoid that junction like the plague.

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