New Action on A642 Accident Hotspot
Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, has welcomed moves by both Wakefield and Kirklees Councils to make the A642 safer. Action is now being taken following Mary's road safety summit in February and campaign for much needed speed cameras and traffic calming measures on the A642 at Middlestown.
Between Jan 2006 and Dec 2008 there were 38 accidents which injured 56 people and killed 13 people on the road.
Following pressure from the MP and local councillors, Wakefield Council are now consulting on gateways near Middlestown to slow down traffic to and from the village. They will introduce interactive signs that display drivers' speed. Kirklees Council will install 17 speed cameras by August 2009, to make sure that drivers keep to the speed limit in both directions.
Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield said: "In February I pushed very hard for clearer plans from both councils and police to cut the toll of death and injury on the A642 at Middlestown. I asked them to install cameras, introduce more traffic calming measures and improve road markings along the length of the road. I am pleased that the councils have now agreed to do so."