Improving road safety on the A19 has been brought before government ministers as an MP calls for funding to tackle the issue. Stephen Hepburn, MP for the Jarrow, has again questioned Government Transport Ministers on what recent steps they have taken to improve road safety on the A19 in the House of Commons. Mr Hepburn said: “The Minister will be aware that this week is Road Safety Week, and my two local newspapers, The Shields Gazette and the Sunderland Echo, are running a “Safe A19” campaign, backed by the local MPs. Bearing in mind that the Department’s safer roads fund was underspent by £75 million last year, will he commit funds to the A19 to alleviate local concerns?”The Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Jesse Norman MP responded with: “I am grateful for the question. As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, the study of the A19’s safety has already been completed and is being analysed at the moment.”The £75 million to which he refers was not underspent; the whole fund was used for the 50 schemes that were applied for and was fully discharged for that.”Since 2011, Highways England has delivered safety improvements at many locations on… Read full this story
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