Labour Councillors welcome steps to tackle traffic congestion pr




Formby's three Labour Councillors have welcomed steps which are being taken to resolve the annual problem of congested roads in the town.

Formby Labour Councillors Nina Killen, Catie Page and Peter Maguire have worked alongside other local councillors to consult with police and Sefton Council to come up with solutions to the problem.


The councillors were inundated with complaints from residents about grid-locked roads and illegally parked cars following last month's warm weather as visitors flocked to the beach and pinewoods.

After consulting with residents and the emergency services, Formby Area Committee last week decided to install yellow lines on Victoria Road (near to Badgers Rake), Squirrel Green and part of Gorse Way and Proctor Road.


Cllr Nina Killen said: "As we've seen recently, traffic is a real problem in Formby during sunny summer days as people obviously flock to enjoy our coastline.


"We have the issue of so many cars on our roads causing gridlock, as well as vehicles being parked illegally and irresponsibly.

"This problem has gotten worse each year as day trippers visiting the beach and nature reserve decide to park outside of the National Trust car park or when the car park becomes full. 


"People complain about the problem year in, year out, so what we have come up with as part as Formby Area Committee is action which we hope will go some way to resolving the problem, by ensuring that cars are not parked along the main roads leading immediately to the beach and pinewoods."


Cllr Page said the effectiveness of the measures being implemented to resolve the congestion problems would be regularly reviewed.


Cllr Page said: "Councillors on Formby Area Committee, under the chairmanship of Cllr Gill Cuthbertson, agreed to create 'no waiting at any time' zones on the roads worst affected by the increase in traffic to try to keep vehicles moving and allay the congestion.


"These zones will be monitored to assess their effectiveness and the new parking restrictions will be policed particularly during high-traffic days.


"As all three of the Labour Councillors for Formby live in the town, we have each seen the problem of traffic during the summer period worsen year on year.


"The action Formby Area Committee has taken is just one step which we hope will go some way to alleviate the problem, but it will not be the only measure we take as we work to resolve the issue. This is an ongoing issue which we are determined to resolve."

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