Friday, August 10, 2018
Lancashire County Council has agreed further plans to reduce the number of incidents at Broughton crossroads, as part of the current improvement work.
At the Cabinet meeting yesterday (Thursday 9 August), cabinet members agreed to additional measures to improve the village, reduce vehicle speeds and encourage safer driving.
A short section of Whittingham Lane will be narrowed near Willow Tree Avenue, with priority for vehicles heading towards James Towers Way.
Cabinet also agreed plans for a new shared pavement and cycleway along Garstang Road, heading north from the village towards and including the roundabout with James Towers Way.
In October last year, the traffic signals at Broughton crossroads were replaced with a give-way junction. This was possible due to significantly-reduced traffic levels following the opening of James Towers Way, as well as the implementation of a 20mph speed limit through the village.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Since we made these changes at the crossroads, we know that there have been several collisions.
"We know that a small number of drivers are failing to observe the new give-way layout, and some drivers are choosing to ignore the 20 mph limit. This is clearly not right.
"We looked carefully at the situation and our highways officers have planned additional changes, which should help to reduce speeds and improve road safety through the village.
"A bus-only access to the north side of Garstang Road has been proposed and will need to go through the formal consultation process. This will help to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through the village, including rat-runners.
"We're also adding extra cycling facilities along Garstang Road, which will provide people with more options for how they choose to get around."
Following collisions at the junction, a speed survey was carried out, and the county council put in additional temporary traffic signs and road markings.
Further changes to the junction are being made as part of the ongoing improvement work, which started a few weeks ago.
This improvement work in Broughton is part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which aims to help people to get around and improve the areas where people live and work. The City Deal is an agreement between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government and Homes England.
Find out more about the ongoing improvement work
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