£2m fund set to boost road safety in Manchester

12.49 | 26 March 2021 |

Manchester City Council says it is determined to improve road safety, after announcing plans to invest £2m in schemes over the coming financial year.

Half of the funds will be spent on accident reduction schemes. Collision data will be used to help establish a list of sites in priority order, with other factors including the volume of traffic in the surrounding area and existing local speed limits.

The second £1m will be used to deliver local community safety schemes. Examples of the types of interventions which could be funded include new traffic signs, bollards, planters, carriageway build-outs and changes to speed limits, or other local traffic orders.  

The council is also expecting to complete a project to invest more than £6m in school crossings improvements across the city during 2021/22.

The funding comes as part of the £100m Highways Investment Programme, launched in 2017.

The programme has led to the repair of hundreds of roads and footways across the city every year. In 2020/1 alone, more than 750,000m2 of roads and footways have been resurfaced, the equivalent of 107.5 football pitches.

Cllr Angeliki Stogia, executive member for transport, said: “Manchester residents have told us that keeping our roads in good condition is one of their top priorities, which is why we are seeking to improve every aspect of our roads through the current £100m investment plan.  

“But as well as improving the standard of highways and footways, we also want to improve safety for local families, which is why we’re creating this new £2m fund for improvements for neighbourhoods right across the city. 

“We’re determined to play our part in reducing accidents but must stress that while this fund will make a difference, road safety is not something the council can solve for the city on its own.  

“We need everyone to play their part by obeying the rules of the road and taking care of themselves and others when travelling in the city.”



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