West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has called on the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to “get a grip” on road safety on the A595.
Figures obtained by the Copeland MP from the House of Commons Library, reveal that there were 528 road accidents on the A595 in Cumbria between 2011 and 2015, 17 of which were fatal.
However, despite years of campaigning by the local MP and others, and in spite of his recent letter to the Chancellor calling for the full upgrade of the road to be announced in the Autumn Statement, the road was left out of both the Autumn Statement, and the Northern Powerhouse Strategy.
Jamie Reed has now tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State, calling on him to take steps to improve safety along the road. This news comes shortly after the Secretary of State’s response to the Copeland MP’s recent question, in which he stated that it was unlikely that he would visit the A595 before Christmas.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Government must get an immediate grip on the A595, commit to its full upgrade, and improve safety along the road.
“Both the local and national case for the upgrade is overwhelming. Here in West Cumbria, we’re working to build a 21st century economy, but we’re doing it on 19th century infrastructure.
“Therefore, as I have set out over a number of years, Government must step up and act immediately to ensure that we have the 21st century infrastructure that we need to prosper.
“It is disappointing that Government have, over a number of years, consistently refused my calls and those of the communities that I represent, to upgrade the A595. Last year, during my Westminster Hall debate on Transport Infrastructure in West and South Cumbria, I spoke of public support for the petition arranged by myself and John Woodcock calling for investment.
“528 accidents in the space of four years is unacceptable. Moreover, commuting times are unacceptably lengthy, congestion is unacceptably frequent, the road frequently floods and Cumbrians deserve better”.