On Friday, Rebecca Long Bailey MP joined children from Monton Green Primary School in Eccles to give support to their road safety campaign and award prizes to the winning artists of some new road signs, designed to help slow down traffic near their school.
With the increased popularity of Monton, an increase in traffic has followed and so too have the accidents, including the tragic death of schoolgirl Emily Esme Connor on Monton Road in November 2018. Many more accidents along the winding stretch of road between Swinton and Monton have happened too, and for many years’ residents and parents of Folly Lane, Rocky Lane and Monton Road have raised concerns about the speed of traffic and lack of crossing for pedestrians.
Last year, with nothing seeming to change, Swinton South Councillor Jim Cammell and local resident Ruth Holroyd, whose children attend Monton Green Primary School, raised the issue through the other local councillors in Eccles and Swinton South, as well as local MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, about the speed of traffic along Folly Lane, Rocky Lane and Monton Green, all close to the school.
After a few meetings the campaign began and children from Monton Green were drafted in. Soon enough the year 5 pupils had an idea and put their crayons into action, creating an array of pictures which would later be transformed into signs along the roads outside their school. With support from local councillors who arranged for a small pot of funding to pay for the pictures to be turned into signs, it fell on the shoulders of the local MP to judge the winning pictures.
After judging the best pictures, and the signs being made, Rebecca joined the winners for assembly on Friday afternoon to present them with prizes for their amazing work, along with copies of their signs which will soon be gracing the roads near their school.
But it doesn’t stop there, with much lobbying about the safety of these roads, pedestrians and cyclists will finally benefit from even safer routes through Swinton and Monton, with the recently agreed Swinton Greenway, work due to start later this year. Once completed it will provide traffic-free routes between Swinton and Monton, and improvements to pavements and paths, and additional crossing points, giving residents in Eccles and Swinton a healthier alternative to the car.
Speaking of the children’s road sign campaign Rebecca Long Bailey MP said “After judging their pictures late last year it’s really inspiring to come and meet these true grassroots campaigners in person. They’ve done an amazing job and they should all be so proud when they see their pictures up on the roadside and making a difference to slow down traffic”
“These children here in Salford and others across the country who are getting active are making a real difference. Whether it’s the school strikers trying to save the planet and their future, or these children looking to make the roads around their school safer. Campaigns like this is where change truly comes from, and they are the activists of the future”