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M1 proposals safety guarantee from Minister

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yesterday Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn, led a delegation from South Yorkshire at a meeting in Westminster with Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, to discuss proposals to turn the hard shoulder of the M1 in the county into a live lane 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

With Meg were representatives from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, South Yorkshire Police and the Highways Agency, along with a number of South Yorkshire MPs who have also raised concerns over the proposals.  The Minister had representatives from the Highways Agency, who are responsible for designing the proposals, with him.

The meeting was constructive and the Minister explained that he was awaiting an Environmental Assessment which would consider the impact on both noise and pollution on those living next to the motorway.  He promised that there would be genuine dialogue on the findings of the report when it is completed, and Meg will continue to press for this to happen.  Importantly Meg also pressed home safety concerns, in particular the concerns of the police that the proposals could cost lives.

Meg said:

“I welcome the positive way the Minister listened to our concerns.  I am pleased that he is taking the environmental issues seriously, and look forward to further discussions with him when the Impact Assessment report is published later this year. 

I am also delighted that he gave assurances that the proposals will not be implemented if there cannot be a guarantee that the safety record of our motorways, and the stretch around South Yorkshire in particular, will not get worse.  He said very clearly that if the proposals cannot be done safely they will not be done at all.”

In March Meg held a debate in Parliament on this issue, for details visit: http://www.megmunnmp.org.uk/press-view-entry.asp?type=Views&id=443

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