5:30pm Monday 26th November 2012
By Dan Clough
A MEETING to discuss ways to stop speeding at a Darwen death crash site will take place this week.
Four people died in two separate car accidents in October 2011 and April this year at Bull Hill, leading to questions over whether the road was safe.
And in November last year, Whitehall councillor David Foster called for action at the site — a regular spot for speeding drivers.
The meeting will be held at Bolton Road United Reformed Church from 7pm on Thursday, with police, council officials and residents all invited to give their views.
It comes two weeks after an inquest into the death of Jack Eatock, of Astley, Greater Manchester, who died in an accident in April.
The road has a 30mph speed limit heading out of Darwen until Woodlea Chase, when it rises to 50mph.
But concerns have been raised that slowing down from 50mph to 30mph on the approach to Darwen is difficult.
Coun Foster said: “We have the police and some people from Capita coming. I don’t think we will ever solve the problem as there is no magical formula to stop speeding.But hopefully we can come up with some way of alleviating the problem.”
Coun Foster said he had been trying to get the council to take measures at the site for some time.
He said: “I did want to get repeater signs to remind people of the speed limit, but apparently you can’t get them for 30mph limits.
“I have also tried to get the council to put up electronic warning signs that warn people when they are over the limit.
“It is a problem on that stretch. I know from the amount of times I get overtaken.
“It used to be a 40mph limit but it was reduced after residents comp-lained, but it is a continuing problem.”
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