AN MP has received a top award for his continuing campaign to improve safety on the A38.
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has been given the national road safety gong by the charity Brake and Direct Line Group for his efforts to reduce speed limits to improve safety on a number of roads in his constituency including the A38 and A50.
The Tory politician has been at the forefront of efforts to improve the accident plagued road and has even seen a speed limit change and other measures introduced between Branston and Barton under Needwood due to this efforts.
He is now working at getting a 60mph speed limit put in place for the entire length of the road that stretches through Burton.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “It is good to see Andrew keeping up his record of campaigning to make roads in his constituency safer, and we are pleased to recognise him as road safety parliamentarian.
“Crashes like those happening with alarming regularity on the A38 and A50 have a devastating impact on families and communities, but they can be prevented.”
Mr Griffiths previously successfully campaigned to reduce the speed limit to 60mph on some parts of the A38, as well as closing risky gaps that allowed drivers to cut across the dual carriageway, following the deaths of two sisters on the road in 2012.
He was recognised by Brake for his campaign at the time.
Mr Griffiths said: “I’m really pleased that my efforts to make the A50 and A38 safer have been recognised.
“This is the second time I have received the award and I’m really pleased my efforts have been recognised by the country’s biggest road safety charity.”
Mr Griffiths has already gathered the support of Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue chiefs behind his campaign, and is ‘optimistic’ about repeating the success of his campaign in 2012.
He has also been backed by Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire. who is trying to get the 60mph speed limit drop extended to the length of road in her constituency.
By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)