Concerns grow after another crash at new Penwortham junction

Photo Neil Cross'The newly-altered junction where the sliproad from the bottom of Penwortham Hill joins Golden Way
Photo Neil Cross'The newly-altered junction where the sliproad from the bottom of Penwortham Hill joins Golden Way
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Calls have intensified for a “dangerous” new road layout to be investigated after a rush hour crash.

Yesterday morning hundreds of commuters were caught in miles of tailbacks after a Ford Focus and a Mercedes collided at the junction where Liverpool Road meets Golden Way in Penwortham. Drivers of both vehicles suffered minor injuries.

It is the latest in a series of crashes at the junction since the slip road was remodelled in December so both lanes peter out to give way.

Motorists have complained the angle makes it difficult to see what is coming and which lanes vehicles are in, that they are forced to lane-hop, and thay motorists already on Golden Way do not let cars in.

When Coun David Howarth labelled the junction “nothing short of dangerous” in December, highways bosses at Lancashire County Council said they expected a settling-in period, but in the long-term it would would help add reduce delays and traffic on the A582.

Yesterday Coun Howarth said: “Local councillors have been inundated with people wanting something to be done about this, saying how dangerous it is. It just beggars belief that this was never open to consultation, plans were never on show and the first thing we knew was when we were driving up it.”

Howick and Priory town councillor Angela Turner was caught in the traffic. She said: “It’s not safe. How long before we have to wait for another accident or a fatality?”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We’re aware of yesterday morning’s collision and will continue to monitor the situation at this junction.”