One of Preston’s most dangerous junctions is set to become safer as further changes are planned.Advertisement
The Broughton crossroads as seen dozens of crashes since the priority was changed with the completion of the Broughton Bypass (James Towers Way) in October last year.
Lancashire County Council says it has amended its plan for the Broughton improvement works, which began in July, to try and combat problems at the crossroads.
Previously the crossroads had a north-south priority, but this was changed to east-west and has seen numerous prangs between drivers.
The traffic lights were also removed to introduce a give-way junction.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon 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.”
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Additional temporary traffic signs and and road markings have already been put in.
Chairwoman of Broughton Parish Council Pat Hastings said: “A good start has been made on the main works from the primary school end. The Parish Council is meeting the contractors to make sure that the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of actions of Private James Towers that led to his receiving the Victoria Cross on October 6th, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One on 11th November and the annual Christmas tree lights switch on on the 19th November can all go ahead.
“We welcome the proposal for the buses, but it still has to be formally consulted on.
“The cycle way through to Barton is good and will help the school children going north as they can then cross in safety.
“The narrowing of Whittingham Lane as suggested by LCC to reduce speed approaching the cross roads, or lane ends as it was called in the 19th century, was consulted on earlier this year with the local residents some of whom were opposed to it which is why it went to the cabinet.”
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