Ac­tion call con­tin­ues

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

FUR­THER ac­tion is pos­si­ble at a junc­tion which has seen sev­eral re­cent road traf­fic ac­ci­dents, says the Our West Lan­cashire group.

The in­de­pen­dent group wel­comed the news that the county coun­cil had fi­nally lis­tened to lo­cal res­i­dents and dropped plans for a one-way sys­tem on Hal­sall Lane in Ormskirk.

But it said that this must not mean an end to ef­forts to im­prove safety at the Five­ways junc­tion.

Ian Davis, who pre­vi­ously spoke out in sup­port of Hal­sall Lane res­i­dents who had felt ig­nored by lo­cal coun­cil­lors, said: “More than half the re­sponses to the con­sul­ta­tion came from Hal­sall Lane and there was over­whelm­ing op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed one-way sys­tem.

“I’m glad the county coun­cil have dropped the plan, but if the lo­cal coun­cil­lors had been lis­ten­ing to res­i­dents in the first place, it would never have got this far.”

Gor­don John­son, an Ormskirk ac­tivist with Our West Lan­cashire, and a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer, said that the ef­forts to im­prove safety at the Five­ways junc­tion must con­tinue.

“I un­der­stand that new sig­nal con­trollers may be in­stalled, but there are other pos­si­ble im­prove­ments,” he said. “There is some land avail­able that would al­low a widened ap­proach from one di­rec­tion and traf­fic light en­force­ment cam­eras might have a role.

“Lan­cashire County Coun­cil need to start more de­tailed dis­cus­sions with the res­i­dents of Ormskirk.”

A crash last au­tumn at Five­ways junc­tion: safety is still a pri­or­ity, say cam­paign­ers

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