A VILLAGE’S MP has called for traffic-calming measures to reduce speeding since the opening of a new roundabout at a dangerous junction.

Nigel Evans is concerned at a sharp increase in fast-moving vehicles going through Sabden following the new road layout on the A59 on the outskirts of Clitheroe going live.

The roundabout at the junction of Pendle Road and Clitheroe Road was completed last month.

Ribble Valley Conservative backbencher Mr Evans has been contacted by residents about increased traffic speeding through the village between Burnley and Clitheroe.

He has now written to Lancashire County Council asking for road humps and other traffic calming measures to slow down vehicles travelling through Sabden.

Mr Evans said: “The roundabout was warmly welcomed but many cars now pass through Sabden to reach Burnley or Clitheroe at dangerously fast speeds,

“It is truly surprising that there has not been more accidents, particularly with the proximity of Sabden School to road.”

“I fully appreciate the views of Sabden’s residents who feel the problem is accentuated since the opening of the roundabout. I have contacted the leader of Lancashire County Council, Cllr Geoff Driver, to request an urgent review of road safety on Clitheroe Road and Padiham Road and to provide traffic calming to alleviate the problems.”

A county council spokesman said: “Some traffic will have found alternatives routes during construction of the new roundabout junction on the A59 so any increase in traffic through Sabden may be due to drivers resuming their usual routes.

“The county council's Speed Management Group will consider any appropriate action.”