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Wilpshire residents’ action call over ‘rat run’ road

Lancashire Telegraph: Knowsley Road, Wilpshire, where residents have called for a 20mph speed limit Knowsley Road, Wilpshire, where residents have called for a 20mph speed limit

A ‘NOTORIOUS rat run’ should be limited to 20mph, say residents.

The call for the speed in Knowsley Road, Wilpshire to be cut has been made by concerned residents since last year.

County Coun Alan Schofield raised the possibility with Lancashire County Council but no decision has yet been made.

The road, which connects with the A666 and Ribchester Road, was not included in the county council’s 20mph limit residential scheme in 2011 but the parish council was later told that it would be included in phase five.

However, that phase was halted pending a review of the performance of existing schemes, with the outcome still to be announced.

The Speed Taskforce will discuss the limit on Knowsley Road next month.

Coun Schofield said: “This road causes daily problems for local residents and I’ve had many people contacting me on this issue. There have thankfully been no fatal accidents but I would not be surprised if there have been a lot of other accidents.

“Residents I’ve spoken to are angry that people use the road as a rat run instead of using the A666, in order to miss traffic lights near the Wilpshire Hotel.

“The speed should be cut to 20mph because there is a real risk of something bad happening.”

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Concerns over speeding on Knowsley Road and a possible change of speed limit have been raised with me.

“But at no time have I, or as far as I’m aware my predecessor under the Conservative administration, agreed that the speed on this road will be dropped to 20mph.

“We’ve had a number of requests from communities, such as Wilpshire, for small schemes that are not part of the original 20mph area programme.

“Once we’ve heard from the police and have the results of the evaluation, we will consider the appropriate course of action to be taken in the area.”

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6:49pm Fri 16 May 14

HarryBosch says...

I am familiar with this road and, whilst I agree that a 20mph speed limit might well be appropriate for the road I am also aware that the road is not a through road. The road is well signposted 'Access Only'. Might I suggest that if the residents believe that it is being used as a "rat run" then they request occasional enforcement operations. However, from my own experiences I don't believe that it is being used as such.
I am familiar with this road and, whilst I agree that a 20mph speed limit might well be appropriate for the road I am also aware that the road is not a through road. The road is well signposted 'Access Only'. Might I suggest that if the residents believe that it is being used as a "rat run" then they request occasional enforcement operations. However, from my own experiences I don't believe that it is being used as such. HarryBosch
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2:35pm Sat 17 May 14

Noiticer says...

Oh yes it is and has been for a long time as any observer will tell you. However, will the imposition of a 20mph restriction make any difference - I doubt it, as few drivers obey this ridiculously slow speed limit which goes against commonsense - a bit like waiting at the red light at a controlled pedestrian crossing when there isn't a car in sight. Rules have to be grounded in commonsense.
Oh yes it is and has been for a long time as any observer will tell you. However, will the imposition of a 20mph restriction make any difference - I doubt it, as few drivers obey this ridiculously slow speed limit which goes against commonsense - a bit like waiting at the red light at a controlled pedestrian crossing when there isn't a car in sight. Rules have to be grounded in commonsense. Noiticer
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5:36pm Sat 17 May 14

TheCaveman says...

Whatever the speed limit is set to, it will be enforcement that is the problem - so they'll probably take the silly option of speed humps, affecting everybody, not just rat runners and causing more noise, pollution and maintenance expense.
Whatever the speed limit is set to, it will be enforcement that is the problem - so they'll probably take the silly option of speed humps, affecting everybody, not just rat runners and causing more noise, pollution and maintenance expense. TheCaveman
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1:19pm Sun 18 May 14

greenscreener says...

TheCaveman wrote:
Whatever the speed limit is set to, it will be enforcement that is the problem - so they'll probably take the silly option of speed humps, affecting everybody, not just rat runners and causing more noise, pollution and maintenance expense.
Totally agree that enforcement is the issue, if nobody takes any notice of the Access Only signs then why would they obey a speed limit.

If the residents want a quiet road then why not close it off at some point with a barrier, like Somerset Avenue, it is accessible from both ends and I'm sure they wouldn't mind a little inconvenience to secure their safety and tranquility.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaveman[/bold] wrote: Whatever the speed limit is set to, it will be enforcement that is the problem - so they'll probably take the silly option of speed humps, affecting everybody, not just rat runners and causing more noise, pollution and maintenance expense.[/p][/quote]Totally agree that enforcement is the issue, if nobody takes any notice of the Access Only signs then why would they obey a speed limit. If the residents want a quiet road then why not close it off at some point with a barrier, like Somerset Avenue, it is accessible from both ends and I'm sure they wouldn't mind a little inconvenience to secure their safety and tranquility. greenscreener
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