‘Delays to road safety putting lives at risk’

The junction of Mosley Common Road and the East Lancs Road. Picture from Google Street View
The junction of Mosley Common Road and the East Lancs Road. Picture from Google Street View

Angry residents say months of delays to install pedestrian crossings at an extremely busy junction in Mosley Common is risking lives.

Mosley Common in Bloom says people have been taking their lives in their hands trying to get across the East Lancs Road six months after a meeting to look at resolving the issue.

“There’s no crossing time at the junction for pedestrian, not one moment when the traffic is stopped.”

Maxine Abberley

The community group has now hit out at Salford Council and Wigan Council, saying there has been very little communication about the junction of the dual carriageway and Mosley Common Road since discussions took place in January.

Protestors say it is necessary to get across the road in order to access vital services and are asking for similar pedestrian safety measures to the ones which have been installed where the new guided busway meets the East Lancs.

Mosley Common in Bloom chair Maxine Abberley said: “We’re just getting nowhere and I feel like I’m getting fobbed off. Six months have gone by and nothing has happened. There’s no crossing time at the junction for pedestrian, not one moment when the traffic is stopped. It’s a case of running across to the central reservation and then running across the next two lanes.

“There are no crash barriers for protection and no push buttons. People have to cross the road to access the school, GP surgeries and the dentist.

“There are more houses planned for Mosley Common so it will only become more dangerous.

“There is going to be more traffic and more people crossing the road so it’s more important than ever that something is done about it.”

Ms Abberley says she first raised concerns about the junction in 2014 but no progress was made until the start of this year when the authorities promised to create drawings and seek to find funding from the April 2016 budget. Coun Roger Jones, lead member for transport at Salford City Council, said he completely understood the group’s frustration at the apparent delays but reassured them that the work is on track.

Coun Jones said: “Safety is our priority and we have to get this right. Complicated schemes like this need a lot of detailed, behind the scenes engineering design work to find the best solution.”