Bill Esterson MP and Lydiate Labour Action Team work to slow traffic on busy village road

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Lydiate Labour Action Team is urging motorists to slow their speed on a busy road through the village.

Labour MP Bill Esterson worked together with Lydiate Labour Action Team members to monitor traffic on Moss Lane, after residents raised concerns.

They found vehicles were travelling clearly in excess of the speed limit.

Lydiate Labour Action Team's Cllr John Sayers, who is a former senior Merseyside Police officer, said vehicles needed to slow down as the road is near to local nurseries and primary schools.

Cllr Sayers said: "In a short space of time watching Moss Lane, it was clear that far too many vehicles are breaking the speed limit.

"There are lots of young families in this area. There are a number of local primary schools and nurseries. That means there are obviously young children who cross this road. It isn't acceptable for motorists to flout the speed limit and in turn endanger life.

"That doesn't even take into account the older people who cross this road day in and day out on the way to the shops.

"I know the police have increased patrols in this area in the past, perhaps it is time patrols were stepped up here again. I will also be raising our concerns about Moss Lane with the Community Speedwatch Team to request this road is added to their schedule too.

"Motorists need to know that it is isn't acceptable to speed on any of our roads. I urge all motorists to slow down, particularly in more residential areas. It really isn't worth risking hurting yourself or someone else, or God forbid worse."

MP Bill Esterson backed the Labour Action Team's bid to make the roads in the village safer.

Bill said: "Residents raised their concerns with us and when we took a snap shot of part of a day, we found that there were vehicles that were clearly travelling in excess of the limit.

"It makes it all the more alarming when you consider there are local schools nearby, as well as nurseries, shops and play areas.

"Motorists travelling at speed around the bend would struggle to see a smaller person like a child crossing between the parked cars in that area.

"Speeding cars are a danger which our children should not have to contend with. They are also a danger that older people should not have to contend with.

"We all know the statistics about speed increasing the likelihood of death or serious injury in the case of an accident.

"I think Cllr Sayers' plan to ask the Community Speedwatch Team to target this road is a good one and the Labour Action Team will continue to monitor this road and ensure that all necessary action is considered to deal with this very dangerous issue."