Crash could finally bring traffic calming measures

Nick Berry and Stuart Duffield on Longmeanygate, Leyland
Nick Berry and Stuart Duffield on Longmeanygate, Leyland
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Leyland residents living on a ‘dangerous’ stretch of road are delighted highways officials are finally listening to their calls for change.

The Guardian recently reported how Stuart Duffield, whose house has been left in a state of collapse after a vehicle smashed into the side of it in April, and his neighbour Nick Berry, of Longmeanygate, want traffic calming measures to be installed and a reduction in the 60mph speed limit.

Lancashire County Council has always maintained that because the road has a good safety record, there is no need for any alterations.

But in the light of last month’s incident, which killed driver Geoffrey Gill, they have now agreed to a site visit to see if improvements can be made.

Mr Berry said: “This is a great step forward for us.

“I’m delighted to hear that despite the recent tragedy, it has drawn attention to the dangerous nature of this section of the road.

“I’m pleased they are finally looking at the area, and hopefully they will speak to residents for our views too.”

County Coun Michael Green said the issue has been an ongoing struggle over the last few years.

He said: “I have been in long-running discussions with highways officers at the county council, but since the accident, our correspondence has been more regular.

“They have now agreed to carry out a site visit with me.”