Longmeanygate residents force council to look again

Residents of Longmeanygate
Residents of Longmeanygate

Residents who forked out £4,000 for an independent traffic survey on their street have been told that Lancashire County Council will consider the findings.

As exclusively reported in the Guardian, homeowners of Longmeanygate in Leyland were so unsatisfied with the council’s decisions over traffic calming measures on their street that they employed their own traffic expert to carry out a survey on the road.

“We still think there is more to do to make this road safe, and we look forward to meeting with the council to talk about further road safety along Longmeanygate.”

Resident Nick Berry

The surveyor’s report found that while the council’s proposed speed reduction from 60mph to 40mph was welcomed, further measures were needed to enforce the new limit, including a one-way priority system, a pedestrian footpath and a mini
roundabout.

The report has now been presented to the council.

Phil Baird, highways manager for South Ribble, responded: “We have reviewed the report commissioned by residents and, in fact, are already proposing to put in place many of the options identified in the report.

“Pending consideration of responses to the recent consultation, and a final decision by the cabinet member for highways and transport, a 40mph limit should be put in place this summer.

“We’re also putting in place an extensive scheme of road marking and signs, which includes refreshing existing signs and markings, and adding new signs and road markings such as ‘slow’ warnings painted on the road and a chevron sign.

“Once these measures are in place we’ll review their impact upon vehicle speeds and, if necessary, consider any further action that may be needed.”

Resident Nick Berry said: “Our understanding is that now the report has been issues, we will be given an opportunity to discuss the findings face-to-face with council officers.

“We still think there is more to do to make this road safe, and we look forward to meeting with the council to talk about further road safety along Longmeanygate.”