Candidate calls for safer road junction

Veronica Bennett with campaigner Dave Wynn
Veronica Bennett with campaigner Dave Wynn
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Residents are calling for pedestrian-friendly traffic lights at a “nightmare” junction near their homes.

And Veronica Bennett, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Ribble, has backed their fight by writing to Lancashire County Council urging them to act.

Miss Bennett visited the junction of Leyland Lane and Golden Hill Lane in Leyland to see for herself the problems people have crossing the road.

“A number of residents tell me they find it really difficult to cross at this junction. I checked it out myself and they’re right. There’s no way for pedestrians to control the lights here.

“You have to wait for the short pause when cars on Leyland Lane, Golden Hill Lane and Longmeangygate are all stopped. It gives you a matter of seconds to cross the road and you can’t tell when the traffic will start again.

“The residents say they want something doing, so I’m taking action to call for a crossing that works for pedestrians.”

Local campaigner Dave Wynn added, “It doesn’t seem safe, especially for older people or parents with prams who just won’t be able to dash across Leyland Lane or Longmeanygate in the seconds when all the lights are on red for the cars.

“Some residents around Lowther Drive have complained to me that they feel isolated and a nightmare junction for pedestrians to cross over the main road serving Lowther Drive and surrounding roads doesn’t help with that. I’ll certainly be joining Veronica in campaigning for a safer crossing.”