Mark Logan, the MP for Bolton North East, has urged Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to address the issue of dangerous driving in the borough.
Reduced congestion over the lockdown period saw a significant increase in speeding across Bolton and Greater Manchester. The number of road deaths that were recorded in Bolton by July this year was already nearly that of last year’s whole total. Clearly, the MP is right to have cause for concern.
Working with Community Speedwatch teams, Mark Logan has witnessed first-hand the shocking speeds on Ainsworth Lane, capturing speeds of up to 74mph in a 20mph zone. This has further cemented his campaign for additional speed cameras and an increased police presence.
In a letter penned to GMCA, he praised the hard work demonstrated by Community Speedwatch volunteers in Bolton North East. Further, highlighting their integral role in spearheading the campaign to make Bolton’s roads safer.
Urging for more support, Mark Logan MP said:
“These groups help to galvanise the sense of community in the face of at best – irritating behaviour on our roads, and at worst – a threat to the welfare of our fellow residents.
We would like to see even more support given to these Community Speedwatch groups. Firstly, by having Special Constables at the forefront of each grassroots group and then further buttressing these groups by obtaining latest generation laser equipment.”
Earlier this year, the Home Office, announced extra funding for driver awareness in Greater Manchester.
Mark Logan urged GMCA to draw on this funding and provide a breakdown of how they will spend Government funding ring-fenced for investment into road safety in Bolton.