Coun­cil plan to re­duce dan­ger road speed lim­its

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THE speed limit on two dan­ger­ous Orm­skirk roads could be re­duced, un­der plans be­ing con­sid­ered by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil.

The county coun­cil is preparing to consult on a pro­posal to re­duce County Road and High Lane from 40mph to 30mph af­ter a num­ber of se­ri­ous crashes.

Sev­eral fa­tal­i­ties have oc­curred on the roads in re­cent years, most re­cently the case of a mo­tor­cy­clist who died in a col­li­sion in County Road in April.

West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has re­peat­edly called for ac­tion to im­prove safety, while County Coun­cil­lor Nikki Hen­nessy has been among those ask­ing for a change.

She now wants as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to add their voices and help push through the change.

The is­sue of the roads’ safety has been dis­cussed in var­i­ous com­mu­nity meet­ings with po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tives and a con­sul­ta­tion is likely to be pub­lished by the county coun­cil in the com­ing weeks.

Cllr Hen­nessy said: “What has been hap­pen­ing along this road has been tragic.

“Thanks to the lo­cal com­mu­nity we have been able to high­light their con­cerns with the county coun­cil and po­lice to re­duce the risks along the road.

“Al­though speed is not the only fac­tor, reducing speeds will give driv­ers more time to re­act and ev­i­dence shows it can hope­fully re­duce the ex­tent of in­juries.

“I would urge mem­bers of the public to re­spond to this con­sul­ta­tion and help us help you.”

She added: “We con­sulted lo­cal peo­ple on the traf­fic flow of the junc­tion 18 months ago and reducing the speed of ve­hi­cles around the junc­tion I be­lieve can only be a good thing.

“We will, how­ever, re­main vig­i­lant and any steps to make Orm­skirk a safer place will be con­sid­ered.”

A spokesman for Lan­cashire County Coun­cil said: “We met with the po­lice in Jan­uary fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in De­cem­ber to con­sider all the avail­able ev­i­dence about safety on County Road, in­clud­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions of pre­vi­ous incidents, and our own re­cent mon­i­tor­ing.

“In con­sid­er­a­tion of this we now feel that it is appropriate to con­sider reducing the speed limit to 30mph on sec­tions of County Road/High Lane (A59) and South­port Road (A570) north of the Five Ways junc­tion, and will be hold­ing a public con­sul­ta­tion on this pro­posal shortly.” work­ing and re­search, with a traditional read­ing-room feel.

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