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MP calls for meeting with Minister on M1 changes

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond MP has announced a delay to work to the South Yorkshire section of the M1 to allow an environmental assessment to be finalised.  The decision followed a debate in parliament called by Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn, who is concerned that the changes will lead to an increase in accidents.

The proposals being implemented by the Highways Agency, an arm of the Department for Transport, will mean that the hard shoulder is used as an extra lane 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership are also concerned at the changes, and South Yorkshire Police has said they “could cost lives.”

Meg said:

“I welcome the decision to delay changes to the M1 pending an environmental impact.  However it is disappointing that safety concerns are not being addressed.  I am calling for a meeting with the Minister so he can hear the safety issues first hand.”

The proposals by the Highways Agency are part of a ‘managed motorway’ scheme between junctions 32 and 35a for the M1, which will also see new roadside signs, rather than overhead sings, put in place to alert drivers to dangers ahead.  Proposals to use the hard shoulder during rush hours have been shown to reduce journey times, ease congestion for drivers and reduce accidents, but have never before been used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Meg Munn MP is continuing to press for changes to see the hard shoulder used during rush hours but not at other times. 

For details about the parliamentary debate visit:

http://www.megmunnmp.org.uk/press-view-entry.asp?type=Views&id=443

 


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