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Whalley blackspot speed limit could be cut

Lancashire Telegraph: Joyce Holgate has campaigned for changes to the A671 Joyce Holgate has campaigned for changes to the A671

AN accident black spot that has seen at least nine people taken to hospital over the last year could have new safety measures introduced.

The speed limit along the A671 Accrington Road near Whalley could be reduced from 60mph to 50mph if the changes are approved after a public consolation.

Lancashire County Council announced the proposals after years of campaigning from Whalley councillor Joyce Holgate alongside Coun Terry Hill and County Coun Albert Atkinson.

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said that the consultation would begin ‘in the spring’.

The height of the traffic signal has already been raised so that it is more visible to drivers and a direction sign has been relocated in an attempt to improve general visibility.

The changes come after there were two major accidents along the road by the Spring Wood picnic site last year.

Hannah Flynn, 21, from Billington, has been in hospital since August after suffering severe head injuries, a fractured pelvis, a dislocated shoulder and two collapsed lungs.

In October, seven people were taken to hospital after a motor home collided with a bus on the road.

Coun Holgate said: “I’m pleased that the county council are doing something about this road.

“I use it all the time and I quite often see people jumping the lights which is easy to do because of the speed limit at the moment.

“It’s an accident black spot and I hope that these changes will help to save lives.

“My only concern would be is how the new speed limit would be enforced.”

Coun Hill said: “These changes are a step forward and I hope the changes will help make people more aware and improve visibility.

“I would like to see a camera installed on the traffic lights to monitor whether people are obeying the new limit.”

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6:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Chuck-Norris says...

What utter tosh - a cracking bit of road with wide open junctions and good visibility - knee jerk nanny brigade reaction -- lower the speed limit?? You're assuming that people have a clue what it is anyway !! The accidents here are caused by lack of attention and poor driving
What utter tosh - a cracking bit of road with wide open junctions and good visibility - knee jerk nanny brigade reaction -- lower the speed limit?? You're assuming that people have a clue what it is anyway !! The accidents here are caused by lack of attention and poor driving Chuck-Norris
  • Score: 12

7:59am Sat 22 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

Chuck-Norris wrote:
What utter tosh - a cracking bit of road with wide open junctions and good visibility - knee jerk nanny brigade reaction -- lower the speed limit?? You're assuming that people have a clue what it is anyway !! The accidents here are caused by lack of attention and poor driving
Totally agree with you Chuck, but if drivers can't be trusted to voluntarily adjust their speed on the approach to this junction then maybe a lowering of the speed limit may, and I stress - may, improve the situation. IMO there should be a longer delay built into the lights sequence. That would be the cheapest way to address the issue.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck-Norris[/bold] wrote: What utter tosh - a cracking bit of road with wide open junctions and good visibility - knee jerk nanny brigade reaction -- lower the speed limit?? You're assuming that people have a clue what it is anyway !! The accidents here are caused by lack of attention and poor driving[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you Chuck, but if drivers can't be trusted to voluntarily adjust their speed on the approach to this junction then maybe a lowering of the speed limit may, and I stress - may, improve the situation. IMO there should be a longer delay built into the lights sequence. That would be the cheapest way to address the issue. HarryBosch
  • Score: -3

10:27am Sat 22 Feb 14

shaggybpc says...

Standards of driving seem to be getting worse .As a Hgv driver how many times must people pull across my path within a foot off the cab. Obviously they think I can brake at a moments notice and it doesn't weigh over 10T.
Standards of driving seem to be getting worse .As a Hgv driver how many times must people pull across my path within a foot off the cab. Obviously they think I can brake at a moments notice and it doesn't weigh over 10T. shaggybpc
  • Score: 1

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