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Lancashire roads among most dangerous in country

Lancashire Telegraph: CALM enough: The A675 from Hoghton to Higher Walton, Preston, has been named the country’s most dangerous CALM enough: The A675 from Hoghton to Higher Walton, Preston, has been named the country’s most dangerous

A LANCASHIRE road have been named and shamed as one of the most dangerous in the country.

The A675 which runs from junction three of the M65 past Hoghton through to Higher Walton was given the title in a study by the Road Safety Foundation.

It also found that the A681 that runs from Bacup town centre to Waterfoot was a high risk road.

Residents said they were not surprised by the findings and called for improved safety measures.

Lancashire Country Council said it had introduced traffic calming measures such as reducing the speed limit and is urging motorists to stick to the speed limit.

Since the scheme was implemented last autumn, the latest data indicates there have been no serious road injuries or fatalities along the seven kilometre stretch.

Joe Proctor, 82, of Hoghton Lane, said: “It is not a shock, my wife and I have lived on this road since 1955 since we married.

“The number of people killed on the road is in double figures now.

“But last year the council did put in some traffic calming measures.

“At weekends it is like the Isle of Man TT because people know if they speed they can get away with it.”

Coun David Dickenson, who lives off Hoghton Road, said: “They have done quite a bit of work on the road.

"We wanted the speed to be reduced to 50mph but it was reduced to 40mph.”

Marel Urry, of Hoghton Lane, said: “I hope they will listen to what we have been saying for many years.

“We fought for at least five years for the speed to be reduced.”

A spokesperson for the Royal Oak Hotel, Riley Green, said: “It is not suprising the road is one of the worst in the country.

“People speed along the straights and the bends.

“Generally people are over confident about their driving ability.”

Vali Birang, head of traffic and safety at Lancashire County Council said: “The council is committed to reducing casualties on the county’s roads and we are making excellent progress towards meeting tough targets set by the Department for Transport for 2010.

“The latest figures for 2008 indicate reductions of 46.5 per cent in the number of children killed or seriously injured and 32.7 per cent in number of people killed or seriously injured – against a target of 50 per cent and 40 per cent respectively.”

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8:42pm Thu 25 Jun 09

frank says...

shouldn't the headline read 'East lancashire drivers amongst the most dangerous in the country?'
shouldn't the headline read 'East lancashire drivers amongst the most dangerous in the country?' frank
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9:01pm Thu 25 Jun 09

NICEONESUNSHINE says...

frank wrote:
shouldn't the headline read 'East lancashire drivers amongst the most dangerous in the country?'
Should'nt it read; "The road safety partnership is ineffective, is a waste of £2.5m and the cameras they install are for raising revenue and do not work"????
[quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: shouldn't the headline read 'East lancashire drivers amongst the most dangerous in the country?'[/p][/quote]Should'nt it read; "The road safety partnership is ineffective, is a waste of £2.5m and the cameras they install are for raising revenue and do not work"???? NICEONESUNSHINE
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9:17pm Thu 25 Jun 09

working chap says...

NICEONESUNSHINE wrote:
frank wrote:
shouldn't the headline read 'East lancashire drivers amongst the most dangerous in the country?'
Should'nt it read; "The road safety partnership is ineffective, is a waste of £2.5m and the cameras they install are for raising revenue and do not work"????
I have no problem with cameras both as deterrent and as a revenue raiser. Only dimwits who speed get caught and have to pay. A tax on stupidity - sounds perfect.
[quote][p][bold]NICEONESUNSHINE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: shouldn't the headline read 'East lancashire drivers amongst the most dangerous in the country?'[/p][/quote]Should'nt it read; "The road safety partnership is ineffective, is a waste of £2.5m and the cameras they install are for raising revenue and do not work"????[/p][/quote]I have no problem with cameras both as deterrent and as a revenue raiser. Only dimwits who speed get caught and have to pay. A tax on stupidity - sounds perfect. working chap
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12:59am Fri 26 Jun 09

happycyclist says...

What's wrong with you lot? People are being maimed and killed and you're squabbling about the standard of English in the reporting. Since when was a spelling mistake more important than a person's life? Sickos.
What's wrong with you lot? People are being maimed and killed and you're squabbling about the standard of English in the reporting. Since when was a spelling mistake more important than a person's life? Sickos. happycyclist
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8:31am Fri 26 Jun 09

MJA says...

happycyclist wrote:
What's wrong with you lot? People are being maimed and killed and you're squabbling about the standard of English in the reporting. Since when was a spelling mistake more important than a person's life? Sickos.
I didn't say that it was "more important" and I'm not a "sicko".
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with you lot? People are being maimed and killed and you're squabbling about the standard of English in the reporting. Since when was a spelling mistake more important than a person's life? Sickos.[/p][/quote]I didn't say that it was "more important" and I'm not a "sicko". MJA
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1:46pm Fri 26 Jun 09

brfcianbrfc says...

Sorry to mention the article.( i hope thats how its spelt ) try riding a push bike on our roads and fear for your life. Bad drivers and bad road surfaces make life very difficult.
Sorry to mention the article.( i hope thats how its spelt ) try riding a push bike on our roads and fear for your life. Bad drivers and bad road surfaces make life very difficult. brfcianbrfc
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8:13pm Fri 26 Jun 09

Lifeinthemix says...

Hi All.

If you want the roads making right, sue every council each time you car breaks in a way that proves to be because of potholes.
Hi All. If you want the roads making right, sue every council each time you car breaks in a way that proves to be because of potholes. Lifeinthemix
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10:10pm Fri 26 Jun 09

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

The truth is, It's the drivers not the roads, I have travelled these roads for 50 years even at crazy speeds on motorcycles you would not believe. These days the roads are full of people who simply can not drive, have no awarness off what is ahead or behind them basically very dangerous vehicles.
The truth is, It's the drivers not the roads, I have travelled these roads for 50 years even at crazy speeds on motorcycles you would not believe. These days the roads are full of people who simply can not drive, have no awarness off what is ahead or behind them basically very dangerous vehicles. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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1:24am Sat 27 Jun 09

snitch says...

most killers on the roads don't have driving licences, insurance or mots cos most of them are joy riders, it doesn't matter if they are on a moterway, residential area or industrial.
most killers on the roads don't have driving licences, insurance or mots cos most of them are joy riders, it doesn't matter if they are on a moterway, residential area or industrial. snitch
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