Town centre roundabout to get cycling lane

The roundabout at the junction of Hough Lane and Churchill Way in Leyland
The roundabout at the junction of Hough Lane and Churchill Way in Leyland
  • Churchill Way roundabout is set to get cycling lanes
  • Area is twelfth worst junction in Lancashire for cycling accidents
  • Work is expected to start next year

Cycling lanes will be introduced at an accident black spot in Leyland town centre.

Lancashire County Council has announced a half a million pound pledge to carry out work for 13 key junctions across the county, in a bid to reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads.

In Leyland, the Churchill Way roundabout near Hough Lane and McDonald’s will be changed into a shared-use facility with cycle lanes introduced, at a cost of £47,565.

The area is classed as the twelfth worst junction in Lancashire for cycling accidents.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It’s really important that we prioritise this work to make cycling a much safer option for people.

“We’ve looked at the locations where there have been a high number of incidents involving cyclists and we’ve developed plans to try to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

“We want to encourage cycling as it helps to reduce congestion and pollution, and has many positive health benefits.”

Design work is expected to start on the schemes from April, with public consultations in the autumn.

Work on the ground is likely to take place next year.

The decision to prioritise these schemes followed a report to the county council’s scrutiny committee last year, which stated that there was an increase in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured - from 68 to 100 between 2012 and 2013.

This was in part due to the fact that the number of journeys by bike had increased substantially over this period.

The cycle safety schemes are part of a £23m package of safety and maintenance work which was agreed by the cabinet member.

In other areas of the county, the new schemes include a range of different measures such as new pedestrian crossings, off-road cycle lanes and improved road markings.