MP and police back new Longmeanygate campaign

Lorraine Fullbrook with residents in Longmeanygate, Leyland
Lorraine Fullbrook with residents in Longmeanygate, Leyland
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Residents fighting to have traffic calming measures on their street have secured the support of South Ribble’s MP.

Lorraine Fullbrook has vowed to back the campaign for Longmeanygate to get a reduced speed limit and traffic calming measures.

She had a meeting with neighbours just before the road was reopened following a 16-month closure.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has said that it will carry out a survey on the road once the summer holidays are over with a view to installing ‘low-cost measures’, but residents and Mrs Fullbrook want action now.

She has also got the police on board with her plight.

She told the Guardian: “I have met with the residents of Longmeanygate, who understandably have real concerns about safety on the road.

“These are concerns which I share.

“As well as the fatal accident in April last year which resulted in the road having to be closed for over a year, there have been several previous accidents on this road as well as many near-misses.

“I am therefore supporting the residents of Longmeanygate in calling for road safety measures to be introduced and together with the residents, I am working for temporary road safety measures to be implemented whilst a permanent solution is agreed.

“Chief Superintendent James Lee has been receptive to this idea and so I hope we can secure temporary road safety measures shortly.

“Now that Longmeanygate has re-opened, it is absolutely essential that both residents and motorists can live on and use the road safely.”

Paul Dunne, LCC’s highways manager for South Ribble said: “Now that the road is open once again, we have arranged for a survey to measure the speed and volume of traffic.

“We will also refresh existing markings and carry out some sign improvements.

“The surveys will be carried out in September after the summer holidays when traffic flows return to normal.”

Resident Nick Berry said: “I don’t understand, when they’ve had 15 months to plan this reopening, why they’ve not done these low-cost measures already, especially the road markings and the signs.”

Craig Veevers added: “The council has been saying that it’s been so important to get the road reopened, because it’s so popular and busy.

“If that’s the case, why isn’t installing these safety measures more of a priority to them?”

Lindsay Cavanagh, who lives in the house which was damaged in the fatal crash last year, said: “Surely there is already enough evidence from the last 20 years or so to show that this is a dangerous road.

“I don’t understand the logic of waiting for a survey.

“We have a school and a care home on this road, and you look at somewhere like Ulnes Walton Lane which has a 20mph limit and a pedestrian refuge, I don’t understand why Longmeanygate is still a 60mph road, and some of it doesn’t even have footpaths.

“We need a reduced speed limit, and we need the road furniture in place to make sure that limit is kept to.”