Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 23, 2016

Speed Cushions For Long Lane?

At every Aughton Parish Council meeting the subject of speeding traffic on Long Lane is raised. Residents ask for calming measures, parish councillors ask them what speeding as recent speed tests show variances between 25 and 29mph. Residents respond by saying these speeds ARE excessive, mentioning long and heavy lorries longshortcut and farm tractors with trailers that can barely squeeze through poor parking especially near the Aughton Park railway station. LCC say there are no traffic incidents that justify taking action, like this one at Long Lane/Parrs Lane junction? longcrash2 Residents ask if someone has to be badly injured or killed before any action is taken. Aughton Parish Council with £102,000 in reserves won’t spend some of it on a SPID despite a request for one. The APC minutes of 8 August 2016 state “The Chairman said the idea/provision of a SPID would need the full support/approval of the police and LCC Highways” to which local residents respond “The APC Chairman, the police, and these LCC officers don’t live on Long Lane so an enforced 20MPH is necessary. And so the stalemate goes on.

But it seems some traffic calming measures CAN be requested and approved in SOME parts of Lancashire. They are to be introduced in a Ribble Valley village in a bid to slow down drivers ignoring the speed limit. Lancashire County Council has approved plans for speed cushions like these speed_cushion and road narrowing in Mellor Lane, Mellor mellorlanemellor_jpg_gallery, to encourage lower speeds. Some neighbours raised objections to the proposals, but Cllr John Fillis, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, has approved the proposals.

County Hall bosses have said the scheme is designed to tackle a “recorded speed problem” on a section of road around the village, but with a number of homes. They say the improvements have been designed to “encourage lower speeds”, while also “making excessive speed difficult”. A report to Cllr Fillis said the road had raised “persistent concerns” from the community around the speed of vehicles.

It said the speed limit was 30mph, but “This road is used as a cut through from the A666 at Wilpshire to the A59 at Mellor Brook by commuters who are familiar with the road layout and therefore drive at a speed at which they feel comfortable rather than observing the speed limit. In addition to this the open rural nature of the road, despite the presence of street lighting, does not encourage observation of the 30mph limit.”

It said other options were considered, but said “In order to address the community concerns it was considered that the only acceptable solution currently available was to change the nature of the road with engineered features so that driving at 30mph would feel more appropriate to all the road users”. The scheme will include improved road markings, speed cushions and road narrowing at the entrance to the village.

The report said “This will create a give and take situation, further reducing traffic speeds entering Mellor whilst also highlighting the start of the system of speed cushions for eastbound traffic. “The new improved gateway 30mph signs to the east of the scheme along with dragon’s teeth road makings and speed hump signs alert drivers of the traffic calming whilst encouraging lower speeds.”

The project is to be funded from the New Start Road Safety Programme, with an allocation of £32,000. It has been given approval, subject to being called in by the scrutiny committee. Strange that Long Lane community concerns are nought, that give and take can be created in Mellor, and that a New Start Road Safety Programme is available to some but not others?

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