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Road is reopened more than a year after fatal crash

Councillor Michael Green and Councillor Mary Green at the reopened Longmeanygate, Leyland.
August 2014

Councillor Michael Green and Councillor Mary Green at the reopened Longmeanygate, Leyland. August 2014

More than a year after a car crashed into a house, killing the driver, temporary repairs have been carried out allowing the road to reopen.

South Ribble Council secured a court order in May requiring the owners of the converted barn in Longmeanygate, Leyland, to make their home safe, allowing the road to be used for the first time since last May.

The owners had said insurance negotiations were holding up the progress.

After an internal inspection at the end of last week, experts ruled they were satisfied, Lancashire County Council (LCC) reopened Longmeanygate to traffic over the weekend.

Coun Cliff Hughes said: “Some temporary measures have been taken, which are not to the specifications originally agreed, but we’re satisfied that the work done is enough to remove the threat to public safety at this time.

“Owing to the temporary nature of the repairs, there are still issues to resolve at the property, which are the responsibility of the owners. Therefore they may need to submit applications to the relevant authorities in the future.

“It has taken far longer than any of us would have liked to sort out, and it has been a hugely frustrating time for many of our residents. I’m very relieved that we’ve finally been able to move forward with Lancashire County Council and reopen Longmeanygate.”

Paul Dunne, LCC highways manager for South Ribble, said: “All fencing, barriers and signs have now been removed and we’re pleased that the road is now fully open for drivers, cyclists and people on foot.”

Ward councillor Michael Green is now lobbying LCC to reduce the speed of traffic in Longmeanygate, as he believes that often drivers travel too quickly in the area.

 

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