Paula Sherriff Asks Minister in House of Commons to Discuss Flockton Road

14 February 2019

Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury) (Lab)
"The A637 runs through the lovely village of Flockton in my constituency. It is a narrow road and is increasingly used by rat runners and HGVs, despite a prohibition order. There have been many instances of reckless driving and some near misses. Will the Minister meet me to discuss how we can make life safer for the people who live in Flockton?"

Jesse Norman
"If it is a purely local road, I am of course happy to look into the matter but it really falls to the local authority. If there is scope for the road to be part of the major roads network, which, as the hon. Lady will know, is precisely designed to relieve some of the pressures on local communities and the strategic road network, we can have that conversation as well."

See House of Commons Hansard, Rural Roads: HGV Traffic, here.

David Rawlings (Flockton resident and bypass campaigner)
"Doesn't seem that Jesse Norman even knows that the road through our village IS ON the MRN!"

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