Crosby and Blundellsands Labour Action Team leader Veronica Benn

Blundellsands & Crosby Labour Action Team leader Veronica Bennett and Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Ursuline Primary headteacher Mark McQueen and road safety campaigner Dan Kenyon.
Crosby and Blundellsands Labour Action Team is working with a local school and a safety campaigner to make the roads of Crosby safer.

Labour Action Team leader Veronica Bennett is joining forces with Ursuline Primary headteacher Mark McQueen and road safety campaigner Dan Kenyon to look at ways in which safety can be improved even further on local roads.

Road safety has been improving in Sefton after the last Labour Government had a safety drive. In the last five years there have been no deaths of children 16 and under on roads in the borough and injuries have fallen dramatically.

Veronica, who lives in Blundellsands, said she is delighted that she has been able to join forces with the Ursuline headteacher and campaigner Dan Kenyon to build on Sefton's success.

Veronica said: "Here in Sefton we have seen the council make some real improvements in road safety. Safety records on our roads are already very good. But improvements can always be made and I am working with Sefton Council to explore the opportunity of implementing any of those improvements.

"Lots of parents would rather walk or cycle to school with their children, but we have to make sure that cycling and walking to school is a safe option as well as a healthy, environmentally-friendly one.

"As an old pupil of the Ursuline myself, I know that some of the junctions in the area are very busy at the start and end of the school day. 

"I know that Mr McQueen at Ursuline has been encouraging people to get out of their cars and has promoted cycle to school campaigns.

"Dan, Mr McQueen and I are now looking at how we can improve road safety throughout Crosby and Blundellsands.

"Slowing traffic speed and making junctions even safer will mean young families are more keen to get out of the car and walk or cycle. We have a fantastic road safety record here in Sefton, but we can always make them that bit safer.

"Motorists need to bear that in mind and remember that when you're sharing the road with children, 20's plenty."

Mr McQueen said the high number of schools and nurseries in the area meant that it was crucial that our roads are safe.

Mr McQueen said: "There are lots of primary schools and nurseries around this area of Crosby. School run times can see the area get quite busy on the roads.

"We would obviously like parents to feel safer either walking to school with their children or cycling.

"At Ursuline Primary, we are running our annual cycle to school week campaign and we are seeing more people taking part now than ever which shows how popular cycling is now becoming."

Dan Kenyon, who has been calling for road safety improvements, said he fully supported any initiative which would help build on Sefton road safety record.

Dan said: "This is an issue which I have been interested in for some time. 

"We can learn from places like Germany and Holland who have been leading the way in making roads safer for cyclists and other road users. They have seen simple things like changing the colour of the road surface in areas where there are speed restrictions work well. Motorists can see well in advance when they are approaching restricted speed zones and slow down early.

"People of all ages need to regain the confidence to use our roads for other things other than driving. This is not just a safety issue, it is an environmental issue and it is a quality of life issue."

Veronica said road safety was a big issue for people throughout Crosby.

Veronica added: "Road safety is an issue which regularly comes up on the doorstep and through surgeries. People are concerned, but vast improvements have been made in Sefton and the statistics prove that.

"Thankfully there's been no child deaths on our roads in the last five years. We all have a responsibility to make sure we keep that record and continue to make our roads even safer." 

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