As £4.3m is set to be spent on highways improvements and potholes, a new road safety plan has been launched alongside the works to help make roads safer for local people.
The new plan, announced by the Council this week, aims to work with residents through education, enforcement and investing in infrastructure to keep the number of accidents and deaths on our roads reducing.
There were 2% fewer people injured on Wirral’s roads in 2016 compared to 2015, and 12% fewer people injured compared to the average of the last five years with 670 casualties.
However, Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport believes there is always more that can be done. He said: “One death or injury on Wirral’s roads is one too many and that’s why improving road safety is one of our top priorities.”
Wirral’s new road safety plan includes targeted campaigns that will focus on protecting vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and senior road users (aged 60+) with the ethos ‘Shared Roads, Shared Responsibility.’
Cllr Whittingham said: “We will work with all road users to encourage them to consider their environment when travelling, adjust the choices they make and be safer on our roads. Improving road safety is not just down to the council; it is the responsibility of everyone who uses the roads in Wirral.”
In terms of improvements to highways, the council is set to spend £3.8m and a further £563,000 to fix potholes in Wirral.
Alongside this, nearly £11m is also being spent to replace every one of the borough’s street lights to modern, energy-efficient LED units. This is the largest single investment in street lighting and road safety in Wirral for more than 10 years.
9000 of the borough’s 37,400 streetlights have already been replaced under the scheme, with the rest scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Cllr Whittingham added: “We recognise improvements to our roads are needed to support this plan. That’s why we are providing significant investment for highway improvements and other road safety initiatives.”
Advice and training courses to help you stay safe on or near a road can be found here.
The new road safety plan can be found on Wirral Council’s website.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk