Posted by: westlancashirerecord | September 28, 2016

Labour Action On Fiveways

Lancashire County Council has begun a safety review of one of Ormskirk’s busiest road junctions following a dangerous crash there earlier this month. Highways Officers were already looking at traffic flow through the junction as preparation for implementing traffic calming measures on Cottage Lane and Halsall Lane, which leads up to the junction and the safety review will now be included in the decision making process .

Traffic monitoring cameras traffic-monitoring-sign have already been installed at the junction and the data from them will be reviewed to see what changes may be made to improve the traffic flow and limit the possibility of future crashes. County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport John Fillis said “Most of the incidents that occur on this junction are due to driver errors, such as speeding or going through red lights, but we want to be certain that the junction is operating as safely as possible for all those who use it.”

Through the local PACT (Police And Communities Together) meetings for Knowsley and Scott wards, local residents had already made their concerns known about the speed and volume of traffic on nearby roads, with many more signing a petition to review the Fiveways junction following the latest crash. cllrs-adam-yates-nikki-hennessy-gareth-dowling-at-the-fiveways

Knowsley Ward Councillor Nikki Hennessy said “We’re grateful to local resident, Michelle Aldridge, who started the petition to review the Fiveways as this has made many more people aware of the traffic issues in this area and encouraged several of them to get involved by attending our local PACT meeting. We met with the Highways Officers recently to explain to them what the main traffic problems are on Cottage Lane and Halsall Lane, as part of the £66,000 works that we secured for these roads earlier in the year.

“There are many drivers using these roads as a rat run to avoid the lights at the Fiveways, as well as lots of farm traffic, including very large lorries that regularly have to mount the kerb to pass by because they are too wide for these roads. We want to make sure that any changes we make on these roads don’t just move the problem to the adjacent roads, so the timing of the Fiveways junction safety review couldn’t be more helpful. The information it provides will help the county officers to offer us some safer options for our roads, which we can then take forward to a full consultation with residents to hear their views.

“Hopefully, the end result will be improved safety on all of the roads and a reduction in the number of accidents at the junction.”


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