Campaigners are calling for safety improvements on the M56 after an increase in accidents on the road.
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston handed in a petition to Whitehall urging for action to improve safety on the motorway.
Rise in accidents
“Residents and businesses in this area cannot afford to wait a decade for action to be taken,” he said.
Mr Madders points out there have been several recent incidents which have led to the complete or partial closure of the road, leaving the surrounding road network unable to cope with the high volumes of traffic.
The Department for Transport recently announced that it would be upgrading other sections of the M56 to become a ‘smart motorway’.
However, no action is thought to be planned to improve the section between junctions 12 and 14 until 2021 at the earliest.
Highways England – the body that runs and maintains the motorway network has said it is considering safety improvements.
A spokesman said, “We are considering whether there are any potential safety improvements on the M56 between junctions 12 and 14 that should be included within its forward works programme.
“For example, a scheme to improve the westbound merge at junction 12 is currently being assessed to establish whether it would improve traffic flow and reduce the potential for accidents.”
Mr Madder’s colleague MP Chris Matheson has criticised plans to spend £3 million on the controversial plans for London’s Garden Bridge rather than £100,000 on police and Highways England safety cameras to make the roads safer.
In a House of Commons late night debate last week on the bridge, he said in a speech, “Will the minister tell the House in his response whether he thinks that £30m spent on a vanity project garden bridge in London is better expenditure than £100,000 on motorway safety cameras in Cheshire?”
He added, “Is the garden bridge receiving this level of public money simply because it is in London rather than the north west of England?”