PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has promised the Government is looking at improving safety on the M66 from Manchester to East Lancashire.

The transport minister was tackled on the issue and poor visibility on the motorway at night and in bad weather in the House of Commons by Bury North MP James Daley.

The M66 is the main route from North Manchester and the city’s orbital M60 motorway to Rossendale and the A56 connecting to the M65.

Mr Daly asked Mr Stephenson during Transport Questions: “What steps are you taking to improve safety on the M66?

"In 2011, lighting on the M66 between junctions 1 and 3 was decommissioned. Many of my Bury North constituents have contacted me, expressing their concerns that that has created unsafe driving conditions, especially during heavy rainfall. Will my you agree to meet me, and a number of local residents?”

Mr Stephenson replied: “Highways England has a programme of works under way, north of junction 2 of the M66, to resurface and renew road markings and studs.

"Those works will deliver safety benefits for all road users. I appreciate the concerns of your constituents about motorway driving without lighting. Highways England is working closely on that topic."