New road safety strategy for
the Liverpool City Region given the green light
THE Liverpool City Region's Road Safety
Strategy 2017 to 2020 was approved at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
meeting, on 14 July 2017. This 3 year strategy aims to reduce the number of those
killed and seriously injured on Merseyside's roads.
The plan outlines the methods and measures that will be used by partners who
make up the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership; Merseyside District Councils,
Merseytravel, Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police and Crime
Commissioner, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service,
Highways England, and the health sector. This has also been shared with the
Cheshire Road Safety Partnership covering the Halton borough, who will be
adopting a similar approach.
The measures and methods used to help achieve safer roads include:- education
(promoting road safety messages through targeted campaigns and training),
enforcement (ensuring road users adhere to safety measures that have been
implemented, particularly driving at a safe speed) and engineering (identifying
and introducing remedial measures to improve road safety and ensuring new
highway projects operate safely).
Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport portfolio lead for the Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority said:- "We all have a role to play to ensure our roads
are safer and the number of accidents and injuries on our roads are reduced. We
can play our part, but we also need our residents and road users to play their
part too by listening to and taking on board the information around road safety
awareness and adhering to road safety law, particularly around speed limits and
to not be distracted whilst driving, for example, by using your mobile phone."
The strategy also includes targeted action plans to keep cyclists, motorcycle
users, senior road users and pedestrians safe on and around Merseyside's roads.
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added:- "I want the
Liverpool City Region to be safe for all road users, cyclists, motorcyclists and
pedestrians alike and through collaborative working, we can achieve more by
pooling our resources and expertise. Through this strategy, all agencies and
road users have shared goals to work towards reducing the number of casualties
and fatalities on our roads."
Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, said:- "Every
death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many. By working
together to manage education, enforcement and engineering, we hope that
Merseyside's roads will be safer. From an enforcement perspective, Merseyside
Police will play its part by ensuring those disregarding road safety are
robustly dealt with through the appropriate penalties, but we can reduce the
need for enforcement action through better education, awareness and
understanding the consequences if people continue to flout the law."