Council plans to lessen congestion and improve air quality

Road congestion could be reduced and air quality improved under plans approved by Trafford Council’s Executive.

The Council will be getting new powers to enforce some parking and traffic contraventions, such as entering yellow box junctions.

Enforcement by CCTV cameras will help traffic flow smoother, improving journey times for public transport and emergency service vehicles.

The plans will now need to be approved by the Department of Transport with the first cameras introduced later this year.

The first two areas to be considered for the new powers are the yellow box junctions at White City circle and the M60 motorway exit at junction 7.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said:

“We all been frustrated at times when the road ahead has been blocked by a driver in a box-junction or badly parked car.

“These new powers mean we can clamp down on inconsiderate road users so motorists, cyclists and people on public transport can enjoy quicker journeys.”

There are also environmental benefits to the plans.

Cllr Adshead said:

“Getting stuck at a junction may be annoying for drivers but it can be a health hazard for children when the junction is near a school or a playground.

“We owe it to our children that they can breathe in clean air that’s free from pollutants that can cause so many illnesses and diseases.”

The powers do not include speeding offences, red light violations and cycling on the pavement, which remain a matter for the Police.

The powers will be enforced by CCTV and Council officers. Over the first six months, the Council will issue a warning at first to errant drivers but a second offence could see them landed with a fixed penalty notice.

Cllr Adshead said:

“We want everyone to be able to use the road safely and unhindered. So our message will be clear. Use our roads thoughtfully and responsibly. If you fail to do so, you must face the consequences.”

Posted on Tuesday 24th January 2023