MP in fight over M1 plan

Meg Munn , Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley ' Picture Chris Lawton
Meg Munn , Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley ' Picture Chris Lawton
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Sheffield MP Meg Munn has spoken of her disappointment at the outcome of a Government meeting over plans to widen the M1 in South Yorkshire.

She met roads minister Robert Goodwill and Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, South Yorkshire Police’s head of roads policing, to discuss concerns over the plan to turn the hard shoulder between Junction 32 at Thurcroft and Junction 35A at High Green, Sheffield, into an extra running lane.

Chief Constable David Crompton wrote to the Department for Transport to voice fears lives could be lost if the scheme goes ahead.

But at Thursday’s meeting, Mr Goodwill insisted other similar schemes elsewhere had reduced accidents.

He said: “After meeting with Ms Munn and police, we are looking at ways we can further enhance safety, but Mr Crompton should look at the evidence from existing Smart Motorway sections, which are already saving lives.”

Ms Munn, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, said: “It was a disappointing meeting. The minister seems determined to go ahead with implementing the scheme and is not taking seriously the safety concerns raised.”