Sign of victory for residents after lengthy road campaign

WORRIES: The section of Long Moss Lane that will become a signed 30mph zone
WORRIES: The section of Long Moss Lane that will become a signed 30mph zone
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A year-long battle to reduce speeds outside a new housing estate is nearing victory.

Residents of The Meadows, off Long Moss Lane, Whitestake, have been campaigning for 30mph speed limit signs to be installed on a section of road outside their homes, backed in their efforts by County Councillor Graham Gooch and South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy.

The residents claim cars often travel past their properties at speeds of up to 60mph because the lane is a national speed limit zone and not signed otherwise.

Council bosses say that after street lights were installed on the lane outside the estate not more than 200 yards apart, the 30mph limit automatically came into force - as per the Highway Code.

This has been disputed by the area’s County Councillor - a former police detective superintendent - but now an agreement has been reached for 30mph signs to be installed on a section from Moss Lane to Startley Nook, to make the changes clear.

Coun Gooch said: “This has gone from a country lane to a built up area with young families, and it’s a narrow road.

“Pedestrian traffic is very vulnerable so it’s essential that it becomes a 30mph zone.

“Having street lights makes it a restricted zone, but there has to be signs up to indicate this, and there are none at the moment.

“I’ve been fighting this since the start of the year, and I’m very pleased we’ve had success, though the County Council did take some encouragement.”

Mrs Kennedy said: “Residents had been justifiably concerned about speeding on Long Moss Lane.

“I’m delighted that community efforts, spearheaded by County Councillor Graham Gooch, have led to the 30mph zone.”

Ridwan Musa, highways manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “The speed limit in built up areas is automatically 30mph unless otherwise stated.

“The new development on Long Moss Lane means that this section is now considered a built up area and as such should have a speed limit of 30mph.

“We’ll be installing new signs to reflect the new lower speed limit in the coming weeks.”