Report’s red light to new Lancashire link road

Road relief: The A565 near Tarleton
Road relief: The A565 near Tarleton
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A study into the potential road safety benefits of a new link road bypassing villages in West Lancashire has concluded that it would not significantly reduce casualties.

The Green Lane Link Road is a proposed new road connecting agricultural and horticultural businesses to the A565 to relieve problems in villages, particularly Tarleton, which currently suffer congestion due to HGVs passing through.

Lancashire County Council’s current timetable for the scheme proposes building it in 2019/20, with work taking place in the interim to develop the business case, and secure funding.

A debate took place at a full council meeting earlier this year about the potential business case for delivering the road at an earlier date in order to improve road safety, and realise the benefits to people’s wellbeing and the economy of preventing casualties.

An accident investigation study has indicated that the link road may lead to a reduction of two injury collisions a year, equivalent to a seven per cent fall on the portion of the road network covered by the study.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Whilst I want to reduce the number of collisions and injuries on our highway network, it is clear that the Green Lane link road would not make a significant contribution to the reduction of collisions, and at £4m it is not a cost-effective way to achieve this.”

The study covered the local road network in Tarleton and Banks north of the A565 to the district boundaries of Southport and Preston.

It looked at all recorded injury collisions over the previous five years when there were 137 recorded on the roads in the study area.