Number of road deaths in borough still falling

Number of crashes down
Number of crashes down

WIGAN’S roads are becoming safer for drivers and pedestrians with fewer casualties recorded last year.

New figures reveal the number of fatal cases and injuries resulting from serious road collisions have also seen a decline in the borough.

The total of road casualties was 465 in 2013 compared to 573 the previous year - a reduction of 19 per cent.

Across Greater Manchester, the number of incidents fell by a total of 614 from 6,058 to 5,444, equating to a 10 per cent drop.

Dr Jon Lamonte, chief executive of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said continuing to reduce the number of casualties on the region’s roads is a priority for the organisation.

He added: “The reduction in the number of people involved in collisions on our roads is fantastic news but there is still work to be done. In my view, any casualty is one too many.

“So we will continue to be vigilant by working with local authorities and key partners to keep everyone on our roads safe, to ensure that this positive trend continues.”

The Department for Transport figures also reveal that fatal road casualties in Wigan fell from nine to four in 2013 and serious road casualties from 65 to 61.

Across Greater Manchester, fatal injuries fell by 28 per cent and serious casualties by four per cent.

Earlier this year, TfGM announced plans to install safety mirrors at 20 busy locations across the borough to reduce accidents involving cars and cyclists.

The Trixi mirrors - part of a £650,000 safety scheme - provide a greater view of junctions for all road-users.

And Wigan’s road network is also set for a makeover as funds approaching a total of £1m may be allocated for improvements.

The council has pledged £500k with central government funds - including £358,930 from the Department for Transport - covering the rest.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse. This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents.”