Call for more action on Penwortham ‘rat-run’

Kingsway, Penwortham
Kingsway, Penwortham
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Highways chiefs have been urged to do more after reports of dangerous driving on a busy rat run.

Residents of Kingsway, Penwortham, have approached Lancashire County Council after a series of accidents and near-misses on the 20mph stretch. The road is often used by motorists to avoid queues on Penwortham Hill.

LCC said it is aware of the problem and is working to promote the 20mph limit, but locals want more action.

Coun David Howarth said: “It’s so easy to fly along as it’s a straight stretch and people don’t tend to park their cars on the road, but there’s a lot going on in a short distance - the doctor’s surgery, the golf course, kids being picked up by parents, and the likes of St Teresa’s. Residents came up with suggestions that were sent to County Hall, but they’ve never had a reply. I’ve also asked Highways to look into traffic calming work.”

Coun Howarth would prefer to see chicanes or pinch points over speed humps.

Eric Grubb of LCC said officers have been working with schools, have used an interactive ‘smiley face’ speed sign and the police have carried out a School Road Watch.

He said: “Our preferred approach is to encourage drivers to comply with the 20mph speed limits, and we’ve had some success through our hard-hitting marketing campaigns, and by working with schools and communities. However, we will continue to work with the community to monitor the situation.”