£1m improvements to road and cycle safety approved

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lancashire County Council is to invest £1m in a raft of new schemes to improve road and cycle safety.

The council's cabinet agreed a package of measures which aim to reduce the number of incidents in places where there is a record of collisions.

Now the schemes have been agreed in principle, detailed designs will be produced and, where necessary, public consultation will be held before any changes are made.

The schemes to improve road safety include:

• £100k for a trial scheme in the Sandylands area of Morecambe to deter rat-running by introducing cycle-only access at the junction of Westminster Road and Alexandra Road, and Westminster Road and Albert Road. There were 68 collisions recorded in this area from 2013 to 2017, with 13 of them classed as serious.

• £80k for improvements to signs and road markings along Preston Road/Fleet Street Lane (B6245) between Longridge and Ribchester, including high visibility, profiled markings to provide an audible warning when drivers stray onto the edge of the road.

• £30k for hazard markers, improved signing and road markings on Roundhill Road (B6236) between Rams Clough and the junction with Blackburn Road (A680) in Haslingden.

• £50k for warning signs, verge markers and centre lining along Lytham Road (A584) between Saltcotes and Warton.

• £70k to reduce the speed limit on the 60mph approaches to the junction of Hallgate Lane/Park Lane/Cemetery Lane/Burned House Lane, and add traffic calming and improved signing on the way into Preesall. It is also proposed to prevent westbound traffic turning right from Burned House Lane north into Park Lane. Four of ten collisions recorded over five years involved vehicles making this manoeuvre.

The schemes to improve cycle safety include:

• £70k to provide new dual-use cycle and pedestrian crossings on Oliver's Place and Pitman Way in Preston to make it easier to cross the road for users of the Guild Wheel route. This is a preventative measure to improve safety as the area develops and more people are expected to use this already popular cycling and walking route.

• £150k to create a shared-use footway along Fleetwood Road, connecting with the existing shared-use footway from the roundabout at Fleetwood Nautical College to Bourne Way. This will improve safety for cyclists on Fleetwood Road, promote cycling to the Hillhouse Enterprise Zone and improve cycling and pedestrian access to the Wyre Estuary County Park. The scheme includes a new shared-use crossing connecting to the Wyre Way path.

• £27k for various improvements to the cycle lane on Scotforth Road, and £15k improvements to the cycle lane on Bridge Street in Lancaster.

• £32k to add 1.5m-wide cycle lanes on the westbound approach and exit to the Freckleton Roundabout on Preston New Road (A584) along with high visibility, profiled markings to provide an audible warning when drivers stray onto the edge of the road from the Freckleton Roundabout to Greenfield Park.

Stephen Young, director of growth, environment, transport and community services for Lancashire County Council, said: "We prioritise new schemes to improve safety where our records show there has been a pattern of collisions over recent years.

"These schemes also aim to make cycling a safer and easier option by maintaining and improving facilities on existing popular cycling routes, and making other routes safer and more attractive for cyclists to use."

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