Plans to close Lancashire Police’s dedicated motorway unit by the end of the year were blasted today.
The decision to shut the base, which is based off the M6 motorway at junction 31 near Preston, has been taken as part of a £67m cost cutting exercise.
In the future the county’s motorways will be policed from the force’s divisional stations.
Today, MEP Paul Nuttall said the move would impact on road safety.
He said: “I understand the concerns and they seem to be well founded.
“I have written to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner asking for this to be reviewed as a matter of urgency.
“We all understand that financial times are difficult, to say the least, and savings have to be made but I am seeking reassurance that this plan has been properly thought through and is in the best interests of motorists.”
He added: “I think this proposal is a matter which requires more public consultation which is why I have contacted the Chief Constable.”
Lancashire’s Road Policing Chief Inspector Debbie Howard said: “Lancashire Constabulary has recently reviewed roads policing as part of the on-going requirement to make substantial financial savings. It has been agreed that in 2014 roads policing officers will work from divisional stations and police the roads from these bases.
“Lancashire Constabulary will continue to routinely police the motorway network and is committed to continuing to make all roads in Lancashire safer.”