MP given top Commons award for road-safety campaigning

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CAMPAIGNING Hucknall MP Mark Spencer has been named the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year at a ceremony in the House Of Commons.

The Conservative member for the Sherwood constituency, which includes Hucknall, was presented with the accolade at Westminster for his work on road safety throughout 2011.

The award was given by the road-safety charity Brake. It was primarily in recognition of Mr Spencer’s work to improve the junctions on the A614 and to tackle reckless driving and speeding on the stretch of road, which has seen several tragic deaths.

But he has also been involved in more local campaigns, including highlighting the dangers of crossing Station Road in Hucknall near to the traffic islands for the town’s flagship Tesco store on Ashgate Road.

Mr Spencer said: “Along with Coun Richard Jackson (Conservative member of Notts County Council) we have successfully campaigned for extra lanes on the Ollerton roundabout to ease traffic queues, which is a good start, and brought the Minister, Mike Penning, to come and see for himself the A614, which has seen several horrific deaths.

“The visit was a follow-on from a debate I tabled earlier in the year to highlight the poor junctions.

“I’m pleased to say that statistically we seem to be making progress with improving the safety record of the A614 and a new 50 mph speed limit order is in place. There is still work to be done.”

OUR PHOTO shows Mr Spencer (second from left) receiving a petition from Samuel Underwood-Vardy (left) and Tom Devonshire (second from right) about the dangers of crossing Station Road. Also pictured is Hucknall county councillor Mick Murphy (Con) with students of Hucknall College in the background — DISPIC NHUD10-2707-1.