Council plan to reduce danger road speed limits
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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