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Council announces traffic calming plans for Hoyles Lane in Cottam

Posted on - 15th February, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News
Hoyles-Lane
Hoyles Lane where the new traffic measures will be introduced

Road humps and a 20mph speed limit have been agreed for Hoyles Lane, Cottam, on the west side of Preston aimed at at reducing vehicle speed. 

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The proposals were agreed at the Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet meeting on Thursday 6th February.

These traffic calming measures will be installed along the full length of Hoyles Lane between Sidgreaves Lane and Tabley Lane, as well as a short section of Sandy Lane outside Cottam Nursery School.

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This will consist of 19 pairs of road humps to reduce vehicle speeds, together with the speed limit reduction. Now that it’s been agreed, it is hoped work will be complete by June this year. 

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Traffic calming helps to improve road safety, encourages people to keep to the speed limit and makes residential streets less attractive as a route for through-traffic. 

“The road humps and speed limit reduction will improve safety and reduce the attractiveness of Hoyles Lane as a through-route. 

“Traffic calming measures on Cottam Way have encouraged some drivers to instead use Hoyles Lane as a through-route, but these traffic calming measures will reduce the attraction of doing this.” 

Peter Bourke, who lives in the area, welcomes the measures. He said: “‘Drivers appear to give little thought to how the residents might feel when we see and often ‘feel’ the speed in which vehicles from cars through to very large trucks travel up or down this little lane.

“It appears too that even when delivery vans or even cars are parked on the side of the road outside someones home, speed does not reduce.

“The lane is being used as a ‘thoroughfare at speed’ and we look forward to whether this changes when we have the traffic calming measures in place.”

The estimated cost of this work is £100,000, which will be paid for through a developer contribution known as a Section 106 agreement. This is specifically allocated for traffic calming measures along Hoyles Lane. 

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What do you think about the news? Do you think this will help the traffic in the area? Let us know in the comments.

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