Six of the ten highest risk roads for accidents in the UK lie within the Peak District National Park.
That they lie within an area that is protected for public enjoyment of its stunning beauty, wildlife and peace and quiet makes it a public scandal.
The roads are A537 Cat and Fiddle, A5012 Pikehall to Matlock, A621 Baslow to Totley, A625 Calver to Sheffield, A54 Congleton to Buxton, A5004 Whaley Bridge to Buxton.
Three highways authorities are responsible for management of the traffic on them – Derbyshire County Council, Sheffield City Council and Cheshire East. Surely now, with such a clutch of high risk roads, it is time the councils got together with the Peak District National Park Authority and arranged a blanket-enforced slower speed limit throughout the Peak District – 40mph everywhere except for through villages where the speed limit would be 20mph?
This would not only reduce deaths and serious injuries but also encourage people to walk and cycle more, improve safety for horse riders, stock and wildlife, and reduce the impact of all traffic. We urge them all to act together now!
Anne Robinson, transport campaigner, Friends of the Peak
What do we get?
David Cameron says the NHS will not be sold off on his watch. This is the same liar who told us VAT would not rise, the old would be looked after and he’d curb immigration if he was elected. What did we get? VAT up, £100 taken from winter fuel payments and immigration at an all time high.
Terry Palmer, Hoyland