Drivers urged to take care on Colne 'rat run' road

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MOTORISTS are being urged to take care on a narrow country lane in Colne after a car ended up in a ditch.

Drivers had to be diverted around Red Lane for more than an hour after a Nissan Micra and a Vauxhall Agila were involved in a collision.

The Agila ended up in its side in a ditch and the Micra received serious damage to its rear nearside wing as a result of the incident.

Fire crews cut a woman in her 60s free from the Mirca. She was taken to Airedale General Hospital hospital with minor injuries.

Now two senior councillors have urged drivers to take extra care when using the route, a popular cut-through between Barrowford and Colne.

Coun Joe Cooney, Pendle council leader and Vivary Bridge ward member, said: “It goes from being rather a wide road to very narrow in places very quickly.

“It is a windy country lane, which goes uphill and then downhill and people need to be sensible when travelling along it.

“When you come out of Red Lane at the Colne end there is also a 20mph zone outside the school.”

Coun David Clegg, who also represents Vivary Bridge, told the Telegraph that there were already restrictions preventing lorries and larger vehicles from using Red Lane.

He said: “It is not a road where you can see very far ahead so there probably wouldn’t be a need for passing points.

“A lot of this is down to the state of the North Valley because people are always going to be tempted to nip down the back roads to avoid the traffic.”

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7:52pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Pendle Bill says...

The name "rat run" is offensive to me. I often use this road, and many other similar ones, as sensible alternatives to the horrendous traffic problems which naff planning has caused, such as the North Valley chaos. "Why add to the gridlock, on North Valley?", I ask myself, and then upon using Red Lane find myself considered a rat! In my humble opinion, the REAL rats are to be found in the Highways Department: those responsible for the decisions which led to the pandemonium which is North Valley Road! Take THAT!
The name "rat run" is offensive to me. I often use this road, and many other similar ones, as sensible alternatives to the horrendous traffic problems which naff planning has caused, such as the North Valley chaos. "Why add to the gridlock, on North Valley?", I ask myself, and then upon using Red Lane find myself considered a rat! In my humble opinion, the REAL rats are to be found in the Highways Department: those responsible for the decisions which led to the pandemonium which is North Valley Road! Take THAT! Pendle Bill

9:28pm Sat 22 Feb 14

petestan says...

Pendle Bill wrote:
The name "rat run" is offensive to me. I often use this road, and many other similar ones, as sensible alternatives to the horrendous traffic problems which naff planning has caused, such as the North Valley chaos. "Why add to the gridlock, on North Valley?", I ask myself, and then upon using Red Lane find myself considered a rat! In my humble opinion, the REAL rats are to be found in the Highways Department: those responsible for the decisions which led to the pandemonium which is North Valley Road! Take THAT!
And when the council comes up with a plan to try and ease the congestion all the locals object, "oh no we don't want a bypass", idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Pendle Bill[/bold] wrote: The name "rat run" is offensive to me. I often use this road, and many other similar ones, as sensible alternatives to the horrendous traffic problems which naff planning has caused, such as the North Valley chaos. "Why add to the gridlock, on North Valley?", I ask myself, and then upon using Red Lane find myself considered a rat! In my humble opinion, the REAL rats are to be found in the Highways Department: those responsible for the decisions which led to the pandemonium which is North Valley Road! Take THAT![/p][/quote]And when the council comes up with a plan to try and ease the congestion all the locals object, "oh no we don't want a bypass", idiots. petestan

9:50am Sun 23 Feb 14

Izanears says...

Pendle Bill wrote:
The name "rat run" is offensive to me. I often use this road, and many other similar ones, as sensible alternatives to the horrendous traffic problems which naff planning has caused, such as the North Valley chaos. "Why add to the gridlock, on North Valley?", I ask myself, and then upon using Red Lane find myself considered a rat! In my humble opinion, the REAL rats are to be found in the Highways Department: those responsible for the decisions which led to the pandemonium which is North Valley Road! Take THAT!
I can only assume that Pendle Bill has never used Red Lane when I have been on it. Just like the old road from from Barrowford to Barnoldswick you take your life in your hands. Both of these roads were never intended to take the type and volume of traffic they do now, particularly at the speed some idiots drive. I am convinced that it is only by God's good grace that there has not been more accidents.
[quote][p][bold]Pendle Bill[/bold] wrote: The name "rat run" is offensive to me. I often use this road, and many other similar ones, as sensible alternatives to the horrendous traffic problems which naff planning has caused, such as the North Valley chaos. "Why add to the gridlock, on North Valley?", I ask myself, and then upon using Red Lane find myself considered a rat! In my humble opinion, the REAL rats are to be found in the Highways Department: those responsible for the decisions which led to the pandemonium which is North Valley Road! Take THAT![/p][/quote]I can only assume that Pendle Bill has never used Red Lane when I have been on it. Just like the old road from from Barrowford to Barnoldswick you take your life in your hands. Both of these roads were never intended to take the type and volume of traffic they do now, particularly at the speed some idiots drive. I am convinced that it is only by God's good grace that there has not been more accidents. Izanears

8:45pm Sun 23 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

No such thing as a dangerous road-unless it's covered in ice or oil. A road doesn't make you drive like an idiot.
No such thing as a dangerous road-unless it's covered in ice or oil. A road doesn't make you drive like an idiot. vicn1956

12:11am Tue 25 Feb 14

It's a spade! says...

This road is fine if you drive it at the correct speed and with the due consideration it deserves, I use it a lot but am often confronted by morons racing along at stupid speeds, 3 feet away from the edge in the middle fo the road and refusing to give way to traffic coming uphill or stop in the passing places.

I would still use this road because of where I live and where I travel to. A new bypass would make no difference at all. It isn't that busy, it's just got lots of idiots who use it.
This road is fine if you drive it at the correct speed and with the due consideration it deserves, I use it a lot but am often confronted by morons racing along at stupid speeds, 3 feet away from the edge in the middle fo the road and refusing to give way to traffic coming uphill or stop in the passing places. I would still use this road because of where I live and where I travel to. A new bypass would make no difference at all. It isn't that busy, it's just got lots of idiots who use it. It's a spade!

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