Labour Action Team calls for new crossing on busy Formby road

Bill Esterson and Peter Maguire
Ravenmeols Labour Action Team leader Peter Maguire is calling for a new pedestrian crossing to be installed on a busy Formby road.
Peter said he has spoken to a number of residents in and around Southport Road who say they are taking their lives in their own hands each and every time they cross the road because there is no crossing.
Peter, who is leader of the Ravenmeols Labour Action Team and Labour's candidate for Ravenmeols Ward at next May's local elections said the road is a busy one which is used by many elderly people as well as young children on their way to school.
Peter said: "Living in Formby I've seen for myself how difficult it can be to cross that road. There are cars which come hurtling off the bypass onto Southport at speed, which is an issue in itself. But that makes it all the more difficult to get across.
"The issue has been raised with me and the Labour Action Team by pedestrians in that area, including some older people who struggle to make it across, as well as a number of parents who say it is extremely dangerous to ferry young children across. As this road is close to a nearby school, the road can obviously be very dangerous."
Peter has raised the issue with Formby's MP Bill Esterson who agrees with the residents' concerns.
Bill said: "There are no crossing at all along that particular road which is obviously a major concern. I fully support Peter's campaign to get a crossing installed."
Peter said he is contacting the council to ascertain if there is any funding available for the installation of a crossing along the road.
Peter said: "I know that money is scarce at the moment because of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts to Sefton's budget, but I do believe that a crossing on Southport Road is urgently needed.
"I will be speaking to Ravenmeols Labour Councillor Catie Page to see what advice she can give me with regard to getting funding for the crossing, particularly to enquire if there is any budget in the Area Committee funds for this.
"It is clear from the communications I have had with the residents around Southport Road that they think a crossing is urgently needed and I will do all I can to push for a crossing to be installed."

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