Wirral support LCR’s vision to increase safety on the roads of Merseyside

20 October 2022
Six people, including representatives from Wirral and the Police, stood by a Police bike in Liverpool
Wirral support the launch of LCR's Road Strategy - pictured from left to right: Chair of Environment, Climate Emergency Committee for Wirral Council Cllr Liz Grey, Wirral Council's Road Safety Team Rhian Hughes, Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell, RoadPeace representative Pauline Fielding MBE, Safer Roads Unit for Merseyside Road Safety Partnership Paul Mountford and Chief Superintendent for Merseyside Police Johnathan Davies.

The new strategy, focused on driving down the number road traffic collisions and reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured, has been launched by Liverpool City Region.

Merseyside Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, and Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, were joined by partners including Wirral Council’s Chair of the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee, Cllr Liz Grey, to launch the strategy. The launch coincided with a major safety operation on The Strand in Liverpool city centre.

The new plan will work towards an overall Vision Zero target that aims to ensure that by 2040 there are no avoidable collisions on the region’s roads. It also sets out ambitions to create a safer environment for people to walk and cycle – including for the journey to work and school – both in terms of road safety and improved air quality.

The strategy focuses on four key pillars:

  • Safe Speeds
  • Safe Streets
  • Safe Vehicles
  • Safe Behaviour

Merseyside Road Safety Partnership (RSP) and those involved in the partnership – which include Wirral Council and their neighbouring local authorities, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service, Highways England, and the health sector – will all adopt the strategy.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:

“Each and every death or serious injury on our roads is one too many. These road collisions devastate lives, families and communities.

“We are committed to ensuring everyone can travel throughout our region safely and this ambitious Plan sets out how as a partnership we want to reduce the number of fatalities and casualties in the years ahead, with the ultimate aim that there are no avoidable collisions on our roads.

“Deaths and injuries on our roads are neither acceptable nor inevitable – they are preventable and that is what we are focused on delivering.”

The strategy also includes targeted action plans to keep cyclists, motorcycle users, senior road users and pedestrians safe on and around Merseyside’s roads.

Large group of people standing next to a police bike in Liverpool city centre
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, is joined by Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram, Wirral Council's Chair of Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport, Cllr Liz Grey, and other partners to launch the Liverpool City Region Road Safety Strategy.