Lancashire County Council agrees slashing speed limit on Leyland road

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Resident campaign finally receives support from road chiefs

Determined residents who have been fighting to improve road safety on their street are celebrating a victory this week – but say more still needs to be done.

People living in Longmeanygate, Leyland, have been campaigning for years for traffic calming measures and a reduced speed limit on the 60mph stretch of road.

After carrying out a traffic survey, Lancashire County Council has agreed slashing the speed limit is the way to go.

Paul Dunne, highways manager for South Ribble, said: “The traffic counts on the section of Longmeanygate which is currently derestricted showed the range of speed for most drivers was between 35mph to 45mph.

“Following discussions with the police, we are proposing to reduce the speed limit on the derestricted section to 40mph.”

But resident Stuart Duffield, who has fronted the residents’ campaign, says the proposals don’t go far enough.

Longmeanygate was closed for 16 months from April 2013 after a drink-driver smashed into Mr Duffield’s house, making the building unstable.

He said: “It’s good that Lancashire County Council is jumping down by 20mph after all the pressure we’ve been putting on them.

“We do think more is needed though; we need something to enforce that speed limit.

“We feel like they’re giving us the bare minimum.

“We want a roundabout at the Midge Hall junction, as well as lighting and footpaths.”