Dan­ger­ous junc­tion to close af­ter 17 crashes

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A DAN­GER­OUS junc­tion will be per­ma­nently closed to cars from next week.

The south­ern sec­tion of Moss Hey Lane will no longer have ac­cess to South­port New Road, near Mere Brow, af­ter a “higher than ex­pected” num­ber of crashes.

Seven­teen col­li­sions have been re­ported at the junc­tion in just five years, with five of these re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous in­juries. The re­main­ing 12 caused mi­nor in­juries to those in­volved.

The ma­jor­ity of col­li­sions were the re­sult of ve­hi­cles fail­ing to ob­serve the Give Way sign when cross­ing the A565 from Moss Hey Lane in ei­ther di­rec­tion.

A re­port pre­pared by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil stated that of the 17 col­li­sions, a to­tal of eight may have been pre­vented if the clo­sure had been in place.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net voted in Septem­ber to close the junc­tion to traf­fic and bol­lards will be in­stalled. Pedes­tri­ans and bi­cy­cles will still be al­lowed to use the junc­tion, which leads to the Tar­leton By­pass.

Road­works car­ried out to en­force the clo­sure will be­gin on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7.

The junc­tion of Moss Hey Lane and South­port New Road will be closed to cars

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