Motorbike menace down trouble-spot underpass

More problems: The vandalised underpass off Moss Lane in St Ambrose, Leyland, has been dogged by motorbikes
More problems: The vandalised underpass off Moss Lane in St Ambrose, Leyland, has been dogged by motorbikes
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Reckless motorists are causing havoc on a public footpath in Leyland.

Residents in St Ambrose have complained about people riding full-sized motorbikes in the underpass which connects Moss Lane to Wigan Road.

They say the dangers posed by motorbikes zooming down the alleyway, as well as the noise disruption, is a cause for concern.

Coun Sarah Tomlinson, who represents the residents at South Ribble Council, said: “There are bollards up at the entrance but it doesn’t stop people from using motorbikes down there.

“There are a lot of houses nearby and people have been complaining about the noise, and how unsafe it is.

“It really discourages people from using the underpass, especially the elderly and the more vulnerable.”

The underpass has been blighted with problems for years, particularly graffiti, and the council is regularly called out to clean it up. But the motorbike menace issue has arisen more recently.

Coun Tomlinson added: “We’re taking the complaints very seriously and the problem is listed as a priority issue on the new My Neighbourhood Forum for Leyland.

“I think the police go down there on a regular basis, but it still happens.

“We really want to tackle this, and we’ve been in touch with Lancashire County Council to see if a gate can be installed in place of the bollards.”

Rachel Crompton, public realm manager for the county council, said: “We have been contacted by South Ribble Council about the issue of cyclists riding through the underpass which links Moss Lane to Wigan Road.

“We will now look into this and put forward options that could be used to prevent unauthorised access through the tunnel.

“We will present these to South Ribble Council in time for the next meeting of their My Neighbourhood Forum in Leyland.”