Mansfield and Warsop MP Ben Bradley has welcomed millions in government funding to make Nottinghamshire’s roads safer for drivers and prevent fatal and serious injuries. The Nottinghamshire roads included in this announcement are the A52, A609 and A6130.
The funding is part of a £50 million package provided by the Government through the Safer Roads Fund to improve the safety of 27 of the country’s most dangerous roads.
This new funding builds on the £100 million already provided through the programme which includes the Government working with local authorities and safety groups to improve our roads.
According to Road Safety Foundation analysis, early estimates suggest that the £47.5 million investment should prevent around 760 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years, with a benefit to society of £420 million.
The fund follows the actions the Government has already taken to improve road safety, including banning any use of handheld mobile phones behind the wheel and updating the Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, which places road users most at risk in the event of a collision at the top of the hierarchy.
Commenting, Ben Bradley stated:
‘I am delighted to government investing significant amounts of money into improving safety on Nottinghamshire’s roads. The A52, A609 and A6130 are all vital roads for our county and it is vital that people are safe on these roads.’
‘We all know that unsafe roads can be fatal for drivers, and we must increase road safety to ensure people can get on with their day to day lives without harm.’
‘This vital funding will not only save lives but improve day-to-day journeys for people getting to work or to visit friends and family.’
Commenting, Transport Secretary Mark Harper stated:
‘Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world, but we are always looking at ways to help keep drivers and all road users safe.’
‘We’re injecting £47.5 million so that local councils around the country have the support they need to keep everyone safe, while reducing congestion and emissions and supporting local economies.’