Pe­ti­tion protest on junc­tion clo­sure

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­ @jamie_lopez1

MORE than 200 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion aginst plans to close a junc­tion on the Tar­leton By­pass.

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil says it is clos­ing ac­cess to and from the south­ern sec­tion of Moss Hey Lane where it meets South­port New Road to com­bat safety is­sues.

The county coun­cil’s cab­i­net agreed to the clo­sure, which be­gan on Mon­day, af­ter a “higher than ex­pected” num­ber of crashes saw 17 col­li­sions at the junc­tion in five years, five which of which re­sulted in se­ri­ous in­juries. But those un­happy with the de­ci­sion ar­gue that it will in­stead cause add-itional prob­lems both at the junc­tion and el­swere in Mere Brow.

The de­ci­sion to carry out the clo­sure was made in Septem­ber af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion was held. Var-ious ob­jec­tions were made in that con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, in­clud­ing 21 peo­ple who ar­gued it would in­crease traf­fic through the vil­lage and there­fore be a dan­ger to school­child­ren.

Eigh­teen peo­ple ar­gued the county coun­cil should keep the junc­tion open and in­stead in­tro­duce ei­ther traf­fic lights or a round­about, while an off­i­cal re­sponse from Lan­cashire Po­lice ar­gued that both the sides of the junc­tion should be closed.

A pe­ti­tion ask­ing for the de­ci­sion to be re­con­sid­ered was sub­mit­ted last week and signed 200 times in the first few days.

It states: “We be­lieve the wrong de­ci­sion has been made to close the junc­tion at the south­ern arm of Moss Hey Lane. With the junc­tion only be­ing closed at one side and the cen­tral reser­vat-ion still be­ing left open to al­low ve­hi­cles com­ing off Tar­leton Moss to ac­cess the cen­tral reser­va­tion and turn right: how will this im­prove the safety of the cross­ing?

“This clo­sure will in­crease the vol­ume of traf­fic turn­ing left at Mere Brow round­about trav­el­ling past the lo­cal pri­mary school cre­at­ing a risk to school chil­dren.

“This clo­sure may also in­crease the vol­ume of traf­fic us­ing Green Lane, a sin­gle car­riage­way road which is lim­ited to 7.5 tonne ve­hi­cles. This road is well known in the area for cars de­scend­ing into the ditches on ei­ther side.”

Con­struc­tion work be­gan on Mon­day to in­stall bol­lards clos­ing off the junc­tion and is ex­pected to last two weeks. Pedes­tri­ans and bi­cy­cles will still be al­lowed to use the junc­tion.

The warn­ing sign in­form­ing driv­ers of the ‘dan­ger junc­tion’ clo­sure

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