Plans for crossing are finally signed off

A toucan crossing is set to be installed on Longmeanygate in Leyland, close to the 'Tiger' junction where Longmeanygate meets Golden Hill Lane and Leyland Lane.
A toucan crossing is set to be installed on Longmeanygate in Leyland, close to the 'Tiger' junction where Longmeanygate meets Golden Hill Lane and Leyland Lane.
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A pedestrian crossing will be built 130 metres away from a problem junction – so that it also forms part of the proposed Leyland Loop cycling route.

As previously reported in the Guardian, Lancashire County Council (LCC) has announced plans to install a toucan (green man) crossing near Hawthorne Close on Longmeanygate, to address problems around the Leyland ‘Tiger’ junction.

Residents and readers raised concerns about the crossing being positioned too far away from the junction where Longmeanygate meets Golden Hill Lane and Leyland Lane.

But in signing off the scheme, LCC said that more works are planned for the junction in future, and that the approved crossing will be part of the 12-mile cycle and walking route scheduled to be created around the town.

In a council report, signed off by the cabinet member for highways and transport County Coun John Fillis, it says: “The junction is approximately 130 metres south east of the proposed toucan crossing location.

“The county council does have proposals to improve this junction, however implementation will be subject to funds becoming able.

“There have been no reported collisions involving pedestrians at this junction within the last five years.

“An alternative location approximately 20 metres north-west of Hawthorne Close has been considered.

“But this location would remove the crossing from the desired line of the proposed Leyland Loop, which is expected to utilise an existing off-road path that emerges onto Longmeanygate immediately to the south east of the proposed crossing location.”