A group of Fulwood residents have raised concerns about the traffic at Highgate Avenue and Highgate Close, saying the situation has got to the point of being life-threatening.Advertisement
Spokesperson for the group, Stephen Knott, said there is a very high volume of vehicles using the roads to avoid queues at the traffic lights at the junction of Garstang Road and Watling Street Road.
The residents have been recording traffic and say it is rising to new levels. They noted that one day between 8am and 9am there was a total of 203 vehicles that used it. Later on from 3pm to 6pm a further 300 vehicles used it.
Stephen said: “As everyone is in a hurry that leads to a lot of dangerous and selfish driving in a street that is full of families.”
The catalyst for action from the residents came when a young child was struck by a car. The child was airlifted to hospital in Manchester but thankfully was not seriously injured.
Now in an effort to make their community safer, the residents say changes need to be made by Lancashire County Council. Their suggestions include altering the traffic lights or making Highgate Avenue and Highgate Close resident-only access.
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A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council said: “The county council is currently consulting on proposals to extend the current parking controls at Highgate Avenue in response to safety concerns that have been brought to our attention.
“The concerns relate to the sightlines of drivers exiting Highgate Avenue and The Triangle and on to Garstang Road.
“The county council has also had reports of alleged speeding along Highgate Avenue, as well as concerns over the signals at the Watling Street Road / Garstang Road junction.
“These concerns have been passed on to the relevant team for further investigation.”
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