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Mum raises safety concerns over ‘dangerous’ Higher Walton Road

Posted on - 24th October, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News, Roads, Transport, Walton-le-Dale
Jennifer and her daughter Robyn
Jennifer and her daughter Robyn

Concerned residents in Higher Walton are being asked to sign a petition calling for tougher safety measures on its main road.

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Higher Walton Road has seen a campaign launched to get speed bumps, ramps or traffic islands installed on a stretch of it.

Jennifer Kelly-Blackburn,33, who has launched the petition calling on Lancashire County Council to act says it is ‘only a matter of time before someone is hurt.’

The mother of four-year-old Robyn said: “I think it’ll be beneficial to everyone who lives here.

“It’s a built up area with families who use the nursery and primary school school.

“The speed that some drivers come down the road is clearly dangerous.

“It’s only a matter of time before a child is involved in an accident and I couldn’t live with myself if I hadn’t tried to prevent it.”

The petition from Mrs Kelly-Blackburn, who works in Manchester, calls for the traffic calming measures to be put in close to where the Higher Walton recreation centre is.

Jennifer and Robyn watch speeding cars in Higher Walton Road
Jennifer and Robyn watch speeding cars in Higher Walton Road

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Recently Higher Walton Road was shut at its junction with Chorley Road after a crash involving a motorbike – the man involved is receiving treatment for spinal injuries.

The road has a speed limit of 30mph already and one speed camera.

The petition can be found on the county council website.

It will receive a response from the county council’s highways department and if it gathers enough signatures could be debated at a council meeting.

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