A notorious Leyland junction will get a pedestrian crossing and other improvements by early next year.
Calls have been made for many years for much-needed work at the ‘Tiger’ junction where Longmeanygate meets Golden Hill Lane and Leyland Lane.
Now, Lancashire County Council (LCC) has announced plans to do the first stage of the improvement works in the New Year, much to the delight of campaigners.
A toucan crossing, which allows for pedestrians and cyclists to cross using a ‘green man’ system, will be installed on Longmeanygate between Lowther Drive and Hawthorn Close, where a footpath which runs along the River Lostock emerges.
The proposals are out to consultation and if there are no objections, work could start as early as January.
Funding of £50,000 for the crossing has been in the pot for a while, as part of ‘members’ priority funds’ when three county councillors from LCC’s previous administration put the scheme forward.
County Coun Michael Green, who has been fighting for change for years, said: “This is a really positive step and it should be very much welcomed.
“This came up when the Conservatives were in control of the county council, and the funding was there when we left.
“It was originally planned for 2013/14 and now it’s getting to 2015, so I’m disappointed it’s taken this long as the residents have been suffering, but I’m glad it’s finally being done.”
The traffic lights will also be made more efficient in the short-term, responding to the level of traffic.
Further down the line, it is proposed that funding contributions from housing developers of the nearby Farington Moss land will be used to upgrade all arms of the junction with pedestrian facilities, and widen the carriageway to improve its capacity.
Veronica Bennett, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for South Ribble, has also been backing the campaign for urgent attention at the junction, which is where the Leyland Tiger pub used to be.
She said: “I have been contacted by a number of residents who have raised concerns about the junction.
“Having gone to the site myself I can understand their concern, particularly for people who have to get prams and buggies across the road, as well as for elderly residents.
“It is really good to see these valuable schemes coming forward.”