Lancashire villagers win battle over speed limit

CRASH: A car which ended up in the garden of a house on the A677 Preston New Road

CRASH: A car which ended up in the garden of a house on the A677 Preston New Road

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Villagers have won a nine-year battle to reduce the speed limit of a main road “used as a race track.”

In recent years the A677 Preston New Road through Mellor Brook has seen numerous accidents, and in November 2006, 61-year-old Michael Parker was killed yards away from his home after being struck by a car which mounted a pavement.

A lot of people have ended up with cars in their gardens, and I’ve been trying ever since I was elected to make it safer for residents.

Barrie Yates

Since the tragedy, residents have been calling for the stretch between the Windmill Garage and the KFC to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph and Lancashire County Council has now acted.

Coun Barrie Yates said: “There have been a lot of accidents on this road, mostly young teenagers who go from Blackburn to Preston and Preston to Blackburn and see the long road as a speed track.

“A lot of people have ended up with cars in their gardens, and I’ve been trying ever since I was elected to make it safer for residents. Now we’ve finally got the 30mph limit and there have been no accidents since.”

Coun Yates said he’s also been assured that a speed camera in place along the stretch of road is in working order to catch those flouting the limit.

Bill Street, vice chairman of Samlesbury Action Group, said: “This new limit means a better quality of life for residents. Now I can speak to someone at the end of my drive and not have to shout.”

He added: “If it’s 50mph people will do 60mph, if it’s 40mph, people will do 50mph. Now we’ve got this 30mph and it’s a good speed to come through the village.

“Most of the people , most of the time are obeying the new limit, but now we’re pushing for more signage and reminders to drivers.”