Leyland road to be redesigned after spate of bike crashes

Major changes are coming to a road on the outskirts of Leyland town centre in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 4:43 pm

A no right turn restriction will be introduced at the top of Chapel Brow at its junction with Station Road and Golden Hill Lane, meaning vehicles exiting the road will only be able to turn left onto the latter route.

A ‘toucan’ light-controlled crossing will also be introduced on Golden Hill Lane, just east of Chapel Brow, for the benefit of bike-riders – who will not have to disembark to use it – and pedestrians.

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Right turns will be prohibited from Chapel Brow onto Station Road (image: Neil Cross)

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet approved the proposals after hearing that “a pattern” had developed of drivers hitting cyclists during the soon-to-be-prohibited manoeuvre, as those on two wheels travelled from Station Road onto Golden Hill Lane.

As part of the changes, just over half of Chapel Brow – which is currently one-way for its entire length – will be converted into a two-way route, south of the junction with Fleetwood Street and down to the Hough Lane roundabout. One parking bay will be lost as a result of the switch .

A report presented to cabinet members stated that it is hoped the changes will “reduce through traffic and make Chapel Brow a more pleasant environment for pedestrians, cyclists and business customers”.

Cabinet member for highways and transport Charlie Edwards said that the plans had “the support of local businesses”, while his colleague Jayne Rear – who represents Leyland South on the county council – added that they would “support the regeneration of Leyland town [centre]”.

The lower half Chapel Brow, closest to the Hough Lane roundabout, is set to be converted from a one-way to a two-way street (image: Neil Cross)

Nine objections were received during a public consultation earlier this year, including concern about u-turning as a result of the traffic flow change.

Highways officers responded that the two-way section will be subject to a “no stopping at any time” order, which should address that potential problem – but that it will be reviewed after implementation.

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