Leyland residents pay thousands in battle for safer roads

CAMPAIGN: Residents Stuart Duffield and Nick Berry

CAMPAIGN: Residents Stuart Duffield and Nick Berry

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A group of residents have paid thousands of pounds in their fight for safer roads.

Neighbours living on Longmeanygate, Leyland, say they have had enough of being ‘ignored’ by Lancashire County Council in their battle for improvements.

Once these measures are in place we’ll review their impact upon vehicle speeds and, if necessary, consider any further action that may be needed.

Phil Baird

They have paid almost £4,000 of their own money for an independent traffic surveyor to compile a 40-page report about what the expert believes is needed on the residential road.

Earlier this year, the council finally agreed that a speed reduction from 60mph to 40mph is needed, but homeowners argue more is required to enforce the new limit, and have called for traffic calming measures.

The report from the surveyor suggests a one-way priority system should be introduced at the notorious bend, and that creating a pedestrian footpath should also be considered.

The surveyor, from the Development Transport Planning Consultancy, also recommended that a mini-roundabout should be introduced at the Longmeanygate and Midge Hall Lane junction. He argued it is ‘unacceptable’ to wait for further accidents to occur before taking further action.

Resident Stuart Duffield, whose house was smashed into by a speeding drink-driver who died of his injuries in April 2013, said: “I don’t understand why these measures couldn’t have been implemented when we started crying out for them years ago.”

Phil Baird, highways manager for South Ribble at LCC, said road markings would be refreshed when the new speed limit was imposed this summer and the council would add new ‘slow’ markings at a number of locations. He added: “Once these measures are in place we’ll review their impact upon vehicle speeds and, if necessary, consider any further action that may be needed.”