Chester’s MP Chris Matheson never misses an opportunity to make the case for safety improvements on the M56. In a late debate on London’s Garden Bridge in the House of Commons last week, Chris managed to make a lengthy case for spending £100,000 on safety cameras to make the road safe for drivers, rather than spending £30 million on another vanity project in London.

Chris has long campaigned for some urgent action to be taken to address serious safety concerns on the stretch of motorway between junctions 12 and 14.

In his speech Chris said: “Will the Minister tell the House in his response whether he thinks that £30 million spent on a vanity project garden bridge in London is better expenditure than £100,000 on motorway safety cameras in Cheshire?”

The Minister failed to address the disparity that Chris raised.

Following the debate, Chris said: “How typical that the Conservatives will happily splash the cash in London, but deny us a fraction of that amount in Chester. This is one of those issues that I simply will not give up on. The government needs to realise that this is a stretch of road that needs their attention – I will keep telling them that, at every opportunity and by every means necessary, until they listen.”

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