South Ribble roads among England’s most deadly

A pedestrian was killed when she was hit by a car in Leyland last July
A pedestrian was killed when she was hit by a car in Leyland last July

The number of people killed and seriously injured on South Ribble’s roads is ‘significantly worse’ than the rest of the country.

A report from Public Health England shows that more people are killed and seriously injured in the borough compared to the England average.

Other figures show that South Ribble is ranked as the area with the highest number of cyclist injuries and deaths in Lancashire, with 44 incidents in five years.

It’s the second highest district for child cyclist casualties (seven in five years) and for 26 to 64-year-old car occupant casualties (62 in five years).

The most dangerous stretch of road is the B5254 through Leyland and Farington, which runs from Stanifield Lane to Church Road through Churchill Way, Turpin Green Lane, King Street, Towngate and St Andrew’s Way.

There were six people seriously injured and 30 who suffered ‘slight’ injuries in a 12-month period from September 2013 to August 2014 in that area.

Paul Binks, road and transport safety manager for Lancashire County Council, said: “We take a targeted approach to direct our resources towards improving safety, making sure we deliver interventions in the areas that need them the most.

“Across the county this includes delivering road safety education in schools and campaigns to educate and highlight risks to groups who are statistically most likely to be killed or injured in accidents, such as young drivers and
motorcyclists.

“We’re also using the available data to improve safety in places where high numbers of injury accidents are recorded, and will be carrying out safety schemes at four locations in South Ribble over the next two years, as well as looking at the routes in South Ribble that have the highest rates for cycle accidents.”

The City Deal involves widening carriageways along key commuter routes in South Ribble, with improved cyclist and pedestrian provision incorporated into the schemes.

The first phase of works, along the A582 Penwortham Way, has now been completed and include dedicated shared cycle and pedestrian lanes.

Mr Binks added: “We also identify where speed is a factor in incidents and work with the police to use mobile cameras to enforce speed limits.

“This is particularly relevant to South Ribble, which has the joint second highest rate of serious casualties to car occupants among Lancashire districts.”

Between September 2013 to August 2014, there were four fatalities in South Ribble, including the tragic case of Leyland woman Julie Dean, 53, who was killed after a car mounted a kerb in Sumner Street off Hough Lane in Leyland town centre last July.

In total, there were 395 casualties on the borough’s roads in that period; 50 were serious, and 341 were slight.

Across Lancashire’s 12 districts, South Ribble was ranked in fifth position for the number of children aged 15 and under being seriously injured (36 in five years), and· seventh for ‘all age’ casualties (292 in five years).

The county council has announced the following schemes which are programmed as part of its ‘evidence based accident reduction measures.

- A6 London Way roundabout junction with Hennell Lane – enhanced signs and markings;

- B5254 Watkin Lane – enhanced signs and markings, anti-skid surfacing, yellow box junction, review signal timings;

- A6 London Way roundabout junction with Brownedge Road – road markings, cycle route sign;

- Bamber Bridge, Walton-Le-Dale, Lostock Hall and Farington – inventory check of existing cyclist warning and information signs in the area and introduction of further signs as required;

- Countywide – complement existing speed tasking, SpID deployment and community/school engagement with extra signing and lining to reinforce ‘20 is plenty’ message;

- Countywide – provision of SpID infrastructure for Parish Councils and other bodies.