3 January 2014
Brake, the road safety charity
Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, has won a national award from the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group for her campaign for safer roads in her constituency.
Kate launched her Safer Trafford Streets campaign in January 2013 in response to the road safety concerns of local residents who did not feel safe walking and cycling in their own neighbourhoods, and who had also raised concerns about unsafe parking and inconsiderate road use.
Kate asked local residents what the biggest problems were locally, identifying a list of dangerous roads and speeding hotspots which she presented to Trafford Council. She also held a number of ‘walkabouts’ with residents to see the hazards for herself.
Kate found the top concern for residents was speeding, with widespread support for 20mph limits in residential neighbourhoods and outside schools. Kate is a strong supporter of Brake’s GO 20 campaign, and was joined in February 2013 at Acre Hall School by Brake’s mascot, Zak the Zebra, to call for the lower limit around schools in her constituency.
In May 2013 Kate held a road safety day at Stretford fire station, aimed mainly at giving road safety advice to young people, but open to all. Hundreds of people turned up to get advice on car and bike maintenance, have their vehicles checked over, learn about drink driving limits and watch a crash extrication demonstration by the fire service.
Trafford Council debated road safety in July 2013 to address the concerns highlighted in Kate’s consultation with residents. Since then, Kate has been following up on residents’ concerns, including road conditions and signage, and parking problems near Trafford General Hospital. She pressed Trafford Council in October 2013 to address the dangers on roads around St Matt’s Primary School in Stretford, and continues to back campaigns for 20mph limits, including on residential roads in Urmston.
Other recent successes include repairs to unsafe road surfaces and, in October 2013, helping to highlight the need for action to tackle the number of HGVs using residential Barton Road in Stretford as a cut-through.
Kate has also been a strong voice for road safety in Parliament; she spoke up for local cyclists from Trafford Cycle Forum in September 2013, asking for more local powers to improve cycling facilities.
Kate has vowed to continue her work into 2014, and is holding a road safety event in March at St Hilda’s Primary School in Stretford, designed to tackle inconsiderate parking around schools.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “Kate has long demonstrated an outstanding commitment to road safety, and is consistently responsive to the concerns of local residents. Brake shares Kate’s vision of communities where people can walk and cycle safely, without fear or threat of being knocked down and hurt. Hence we are campaigning nationally for widespread 20 limits and other measures to create a safer, more pleasant environment for walking and cycling – and we thank Kate for her support of our GO 20 campaign. We are delighted to recognise Kate’s tireless and impressive campaigning with this award and wish her all the best with her ongoing work towards safer streets.”
Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston said: “I’m proud and delighted to win Brake’s award and would like to thank the charity for all the help they’ve offered me in my road safety campaigning over the past year.
“I know that road safety is an issue that local people care deeply about, and I’m looking forward to taking the campaign for Safer Trafford Streets forward in 2014.”
Notes for editors
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake’s support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Direct Line Insurance Group plc (Direct Line Group) is headquartered in Bromley, Kent; it has operations in the UK, Germany and Italy.
Through its number of well known brands Direct Line Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include; Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. It also offers insurance services for third party brands through its Partnerships division. In the commercial sector, its NIG and Direct Line for Business operations provide insurance products for businesses via brokers or direct respectively.
In addition to insurance services, Direct Line Group continues to provide support and reassurance to millions of UK motorists through its Green Flag breakdown recovery service and TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery and telematics business.