Sandy Lane junction work proving a real ‘nightmare’

The junction of Sandy Lane where it meets St Andrews Way in Leyland
The junction of Sandy Lane where it meets St Andrews Way in Leyland
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Work to open a dead-end in Leyland – which should have been completed by now – has not even been designed yet.

Residents living in Sandy Lane near Leyland town centre have been calling out for its dead-end junction with St Andrews Way to be opened up for years.

They argue that because Sandy Lane Surgery is so busy, the road cannot cope with the amount of traffic going up and down the street.

Last year, Lancashire County Council agreed to open up the junction for a two-year trial basis, and the work was due to be complete by this summer.

But it has come to light that the design work hasn’t even been finalised yet, because the layout of the area is causing complications.

Paul Dunne, the county council’s highways manager for South Ribble, said: “Unfortunately we have not completed the design for Sandy Lane and St Andrews Way.

“We are due to consult on changes to the scheme with local county councillors and residents. We will be able to schedule the scheme once the final design is completed.”

Leyland’s county councillor, Matthew Tomlinson, added: “I’ve insisted that this scheme be kept on the council’s programme, but it seems that it’s not very high up on the list of priorities at the moment.

“I think because of the City Deal and all the work which is going to come from that, other things have taken a back seat.

“There are complications though with the design work for Sandy Lane, because even if it is opened, it will not be safe for people to turn right at the end of it, so it would be a ‘left turn only’ system.

“And people coming down St Andrews Way from the Tesco end will be unable to cut across the traffic lights into Sandy Lane, so there will no entry to Sandy Lane from the left.

“It’s proven to be a nightmare trying to design how the junction would work.

“We might have to go back to residents with designs.

“It has been a long drawn out affair, and I wish it could have been done sooner.

“It will really only affect about 30 houses, but the real impact will be for people visiting the doctors, so we will do our best to get it sorted.”