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Fracking site near Preston has new speed limit introduced

Posted on - 24th March, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Politics, Roads, Transport
Protesters line the road near the fracking site in Preston New Road Pic: Helen Rimmer
Protesters line the road near the fracking site in Preston New Road Pic: Helen Rimmer

A fracking site near Preston is to see a major road have its speed limit slashed to 20mph.

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Lancashire County Council says it is reducing the speed limit in Preston New Road for the safety of drivers, police, protesters and vehicles accessing the site.

Anti-fracking demonstrators have been outside the Cuadrilla site since shale gas exploration resumed at the site in January.

The county council says temporary signs are now in place for a 30mph limit and and an enforceable 20mph will then be put in place.

Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor John Fillis said: “There is currently a lot of activity near this site and the police have raised concerns about the safety of the public, motorists, and their officers, in such a busy location.

“I visited the site last week and it’s clear that reducing the speed limit would help to minimise the risks, and potentially prevent a serious incident. I discussed the situation with the police and protestors, and everyone I spoke with agreed that reducing the speed limit would help to improve safety.

Read more: Anti-fracking protesters push down fence to access Cuadrilla site

“Initially we will bring in an advisory 30mph limit using temporary signs, but as soon as possible afterwards we will introduce a 20mph limit. We can’t do this immediately as it will take a short while to design a scheme, manufacture the signs, and prepare the legal order needed to change the speed limit and ensure it’s enforceable.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and I would ask people to respect the changes to the speed limit and drive with extra caution in this area.”

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