An estate road branded a race track by police could finally get speed bumps after an horrific crash which seriously injured three men.
Larches Lane in Ashton, Preston, identified only a month ago as one of the top two suburban speeding black spots in Lancashire, is now a prime candidate for traffic calming measures following Sunday’s near-fatal smash between a car and a bus.
Local councillor David Borrow, who had already raised concerns about the behaviour of drivers on the former council estate before this week’s crash, is to urge Lancashire County Council to investigate improvements which will slow traffic down.
“Something has to be done on this road because it has been identified as one where the 20 mph limit is broken by quite a large margin,” said the LCC deputy leader who also sits on Preston City Council. “I will ask the County Council to look at what measures they can bring in the reduce traffic speed.”
Larches Lane was one of the first residential streets in Preston to get a 20 mph restriction, yet a police survey in August identified it, alongside a road in Morecambe, as the worst in Lancashire for complaints about speeding.
“The police carried out an exercise in both roads with speed cameras and they stopped and arrested quite a lot of motorists,” added Coun Borrow.
“There are issues with signs along that stretch and I had discussions with county officers only last week about how to make this safer and enforce the speed limit.”
Sunday’s crash happened when a stolen Renault Clio clipped a parked vehicle and smashed head-on into a bus. Eye witnesses said the car was travelling at high speed.