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Labour to launch safety review after road deaths

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The new Labour-led administration on Milton Keynes Council is to launch a review of road safety in the borough after a spate of road traffic deaths and accidents.

In the past year six people have died on grid roads and there has been concern that the MK Coroner could ask the City what it is doing to tackle the issue.

There have also been a number of high profile accidents on so called “turn right” junctions across the City, including a three car crash in Hodge Lea in early May reported at the time by MK News.

During the recent local election Labour campaigned on road safety issues and had promised a review. Now, after taking over control of Milton Keynes Council following the recent elections, the new Cabinet will decide in July whether to go ahead with that promise.

Cabinet Member for Highways Cllr Mick Legg said: “Road safety is something that many people have raised as an issue with us over the past year, particularly because of some very tragic accidents and incidents.

“We promised a review and it is our job to make sure we understand what the issues are and how they may be tackled. It has become more imperative as we know that if we do not look at it then the Coroner could rightly start asking some difficult questions. We want to be proactive.”

“I can say that our grid roads are what make MK special and there is definitely not a one size fits all approach that can be taken. I will be ensuring this is an objective look at the evidence which can help us decide what action we can take to make MK a safer place.”

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