‘Race track’ through village putting lives at risk

Crash: One of the accidents that has happened along Preston New Road, Mellor Brook
Crash: One of the accidents that has happened along Preston New Road, Mellor Brook
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Residents of Mellor Brook claim they are risking their lives every time they leave their homes, because of reckless drivers.

In recent years, several vehicles have crashed into front gardens along the A677 Preston New Road, and there have been several other shunts and near misses, particularly near the Windmill pub.

County Coun Barrie Yates said the road is being used as a race track by young drivers, and after successfully lobbying Lancashire County Council to lower the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, has called for more enforcement action.

He said: “There is a speed camera box on this stretch of road but I don’t think that there has ever been a speed camera in it. What’s the use of a speed box without a camera in place?

“I have also asked the police to use the hand-held speed camera that was paid for by the My Neighbourhood Eastern Committee at a cost of £3,500 so that the drivers speeding along the full length of the A677 can be prosecuted.”

A Samlesbury Action Group spokesman echoed the worries, and suggested a change in the road design saying: “Unless this problem is addressed soon we are fearful that a serious accident will happen, something that could be avoided.”

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Preston, said: “We are currently holding a formal consultation on the proposal to reduce the speed limit to 30mph which is part of the legal process we need to go through.

“We have to consider responses to the consultation but aim to have the 30mph limit in place in the coming months and will be working with the police to monitor its impact. If necessary, we will consider further action which may include targeted enforcement.