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Roadworkers' children in safety plea

Children of road workers feature on giant signs placed along motorways in the North West as part of a campaign to promote staff safety.

Highways England said the signs were placed behind safety barriers between J8 of the M60 near Sale and J20 of the M62 near Rochdale to remind both workers and drivers of the importance of taking care during roadworks.

Nearly 300 people are currently working on the 27km smart motorway scheme. Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit are currently in place along the route, and more than 500,000 hours of work have been carried out without injury.

However, road worker safety has been in the headlines recently with a tragedy on the M3 and two injured on the A556.  

The M60/M62 signs feature three children whose parents work on the motorway, warning ‘My mummy works here’ or ‘My daddy works here’ alongside the message ‘Take care within the roadworks’.

Paul Hancock, whose five-year-old son Joseph is one of the children featured, said: “Joseph describes my job as building a motorway so he was really excited to have his photo taken for the safety campaign. We’ll have to see what he makes of it when he sees his face on a sign at the side of the road.

“I hope the campaign will encourage people to think more about the workers behind the barriers, as well as reminding us to remain focused on safety while we’re on the motorway.

“Even with the reduced speed limit, it still feels fast when you’ve got thousands of vehicles zooming past you so I’d definitely urge people to stick to the temporary limit when they’re travelling through the roadworks.”

Highways England project manager Paul Hampson said the scheme was one of the biggest construction projects taking place in the region.

“I hope the new campaign will encourage people to think more about the workers behind the barriers who are carrying out the work on the smart motorway scheme, so we can reach the end of the project without anyone being injured,” he said.

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