MP backs campaign to re-instate link road

SUPPORT: Seema Kennedy

SUPPORT: Seema Kennedy

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A campaign to force a rethink on a shelved relief road for villages has won backing in Parliament.

New South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has thrown her political weight behind the Green Lane Link near Tarleton after hearing locals consider it “essential” to ease traffic congestion and reduce risks at an accident blackspot.

Mrs Kennedy addressed a public meeting of more than 80 residents in the Catholic Hall at Tarleton, saying she had promoted the £2m road in Parliament and would continue to do everything she could to support its construction.

County Councillor Malcolm Barron, who represents the area at County Hall and on West Lancashire Council said: “We are very grateful for the support shown by Seema.

“This road needs building to relieve the traffic problems in villages like Tarleton caused by heavy goods vehicles travelling to and from farms in what is now regarded as the ‘salad bowl’ of Lancashire. The Green Lane Link would take this traffic straight to the main A565.

“And a new roundabout where it would join the main road would help slow down traffic on what has been a blackspot over the past few years.

Figures up to September last year show on that stretch of the A565 there were 42 collisions, resulting in 82 casualties, 21 of them serious and one fatality.”

The County Council approved the road with a completion date of 2015/16, but in October last year it was mothballed for a further four years due to budget cutbacks.