‘Intelligent’ lights to shorten queues through Lostock Hall

Work being carried out to replace the traffic liights at the junction of Brownedge Road, Watkin Lane and Leyland Road in Lostock Hall
Work being carried out to replace the traffic liights at the junction of Brownedge Road, Watkin Lane and Leyland Road in Lostock Hall
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A congestion hotspot in Lostock Hall is being overhauled with a new ‘intelligent’ traffic system.

For years motorists have complained about long queues in Brownedge Road, Leyland Road and Coote Lane, and now bosses at Lancashire County Council are taking action.

Lights at the junctions of Leyland Road, Croston Road, Brownedge Road and Coote Lane are being dug out and replaced with new equipment to aid the flow of traffic.Although the work is causing queues at peak times, local councillors said it was “worth the gain.”

Peter Bell, network control manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “We’re upgrading these three sets of traffic lights with intelligent systems which will improve traffic flow as the new signals will coordinate with each other and automatically adjust according to traffic levels throughout the day. “This supports other work being done nearby on the A582 as part of the City Deal to reduce congestion and improve the capacity of our roads to cope with increased levels of traffic.

“We’re trying to manage traffic to minimise delays as far as possible while we carry out this work, but the three sets of signals are within 200m of each other, and this is a very busy area, so people are experiencing some delays at the moment.”

The work is set to finish by the end of the month.

Coun Renee Blow said: “Trying to get through Lostock Hall just after school time is horrendous. It’s been a problem for donkey’s years, so we hope this is going to make a big difference.”

Coun Cliff Hughes said: “We’re glad its happening because there’s lots of new houses being built in the area and more cars. At the moment people dart on the wrong side of the road to get around the lights and it’s an accident waiting to happen.”