Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has written to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to raise concerns about the Stafford Road after a spate of recent accidents, including a serious collision that resulted in a fatality. In her letter Emma urged the government to include the Stafford Road in its new “Major Roads Network.”

The creation of the Major Road Networks (MRN) will see money spent on bypasses, road widening, safety measures and junction improvements on major routes maintained by local authorities. Some 5,000 miles of key A-roads will be included in the scheme.

Under the plans the West Midlands Combined Authority is able to bid for a share of £100 million of funding. The successful bidders are likely to be unveiled in the Budget. If the Stafford Road is included in the MRN, Wolverhampton City Council could therefore be awarded funding to improve safety on the road by installing new speed cameras or other traffic calming measures, as well as making other improvements.

Emma said “People are rightly angry and frustrated about speeding and dangerous driving on the Stafford Road. This urgently needs to be tackled. There are two schools with entrances on the road and another nearby. I have therefore written to the Transport Secretary to call on him to include the Stafford Road in the Major Road Network. This would mean that funding would be available to improve the road. This could include the instillation of new speed cameras and also improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

“I held a community meeting earlier this year and residents expressed their concern about speeding and safety on the Stafford Road”

“In Parliament earlier this year I raised local residents’ concerns and specifically asked the Secretary of State for Transport on 5 July about more funding for speed cameras on Stafford Road. I subsequently met with the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, at the Transport Department.

“I will continue to campaign on this matter until the concerns of local residents living on and near the Stafford Road have been addressed.”