Frank Field MP
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A plan of action to tackle traffic problems in Bidston Village

3
Jun

Following a series of complaints from Bidston residents who live near St Oswald’s Church, and in light of two road accidents within the space of a few weeks, I wrote to Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, asking whether he might get the council to work more closely with the police and take urgent steps to improve road safety in Bidston.

Phil is anxious to follow up on residents’ concerns and immediately referred the issue to senior council highways officers.

Along with Councillors Jim Crabtree and Stuart Whittingham, I met with local residents last Friday to hear their concerns and suggestions, and to get a plan of action agreed.

Residents told us how nervous they are to pull out on to Bidston’s main roads for fear of getting their nose chopped off. To have so many drivers feeling so anxious is not on; and nor is the threat to pedestrians, or indeed animals in the adjacent fields. Thankfully no people have been hit so far, but a horse died after being hit by a car speeding round the bend.

We gained three solutions to be put to council officers.

The first is to install a mobile speed camera to catch drivers coming round the fast bend on Bidston Village Road. Secondly, it was agreed that a new set of speed bumps might help slow down the traffic, as would a series of mounted bollards coming out into the road. And, thirdly, residents suggested that the Beechwood estate should become a one-way zone.

It was agreed that we would meet again on Friday, July 31, to receive a report on the costs, effectiveness and implementation of these proposals.

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