Since 1991, there have been more than 1,785 casualties on the A5 north of Shrewsbury up to the Welsh border at Chirk. At the last count, 1,407 of these were slight, 320 were serious and 58 were fatal. Sadly, the latest figures may be worse as they will be updated at the end of September.
These accidents disproportionately affect local people. Every death and injury is absolutely tragic, having a catastrophic impact on the victims’ families and friends, in many cases for life. We all know that frequently traffic on the A5 is either stationary or reduced to a crawl with real damage to our local economy.
I first called for the A5 to be dualled along its whole length soon after I was elected in 1997 and I have been campaigning ever since.
I am delighted that the Shropshire Star is again supporting this campaign and it could not come at a more suitable time. Last November, it was announced that regions across the country are set to benefit from investment for transport.
I organised Roads Ministers Andrew Jones MP and John Hayes MP to visit the area in May 2016 and March this year, respectively. I am extremely grateful to the representatives from every part of the community who attended both meetings and provided compelling evidence.
The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure for the Welsh Assembly, Ken Skates AM, agrees with me that we must dual the A5. We need cross-party and cross-border support and so I am delighted that we have his support going forward.
I meet the Secretary of State for Transport and his Junior Ministers regularly and I am looking forward to highlighting the Star’s support for my campaign. This is an absolute priority for the whole area; this time we must pull it off.
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Read the Shropshire Star's article here: https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/transport/2017/09/25/dual-the-a5-ca…