Authorities admit they are ‘unable’ to enforce speed on danger road

Picture by Julian Brown 19/11/15''The 30mph sign that's useless which is up near the junction of Marsh Lane and Back Lane, Longton, Preston'''30mph zones at the end of Marsh Lane, Longton, and into Hall Carr Lane (a continuation of the same road) are unenforceable because LCC forgot to put repeater signs up.'They have admitted it.

Picture by Julian Brown 19/11/15''The 30mph sign that's useless which is up near the junction of Marsh Lane and Back Lane, Longton, Preston'''30mph zones at the end of Marsh Lane, Longton, and into Hall Carr Lane (a continuation of the same road) are unenforceable because LCC forgot to put repeater signs up.'They have admitted it.

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Highways bosses have admitted they are not able to enforce speed limits on a busy country road.

Residents of Longton raised concerns with County Councillor Graham Gooch that the 30mph limit is not being observed at the end of Marsh Lane and in residential areas of the adjoining Hall Carr Lane.

After investigating, Coun Gooch, found near to Marsh Lane’s junction with Back Lane there are two 30mph signs, but as there are no repeater signs and no street lights, it is not enforceable.

This is continued in Hall Carr Lane, which has clusters of residential properties.

The law states that where there is no street lighting, the default limit is 60 mph for single-carriageway and 70 mph for dual carriageway roads.

Any other limit requires roadside repeater signs at regular intervals prescribed by law.

Ridwan Musa, highways manager for Lancashire County Council, saidamendments would be made.

He said: “A recent inspection of this area picked up the need to put small 30mph ‘repeater’ signs on parts of Marsh Lane and Hall Carr Lane to ensure the signage complies with regulations and the speed limit can be enforced throughout the 30mph section.

“The short sections affected are on the edge of the built-up areas where there are no streetlights, whose presence would otherwise automatically indicate that the speed limit is 30mph. We’ll carry out this work in the coming weeks.”

Coun Gooch said: “I’m pleased this has been looked into and will be rectified.

“These roads are narrow with ditches either side, but they carry a lot of traffic, including tractors and people on horses.

“It’s very important that people keep to the speed limits, and the repeater signs not only make the limits enforceable, but do a good job in reminding people what the speed is.”