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Fulwood campaigner’s petition for guardrail on ‘excessively dangerous’ stretch of Eastway

Posted on - 27th November, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Campaigns, Fulwood, Preston News, Preston North End
The overgrown vegetation Pic: Luke Unsworth
The overgrown vegetation Pic: Luke Unsworth

A Fulwood campaigner has started a petition for Lancashire County Council (LCC) to install a pedestrian safety guardrail between the road and pavement along part of Eastway.

The pavement along the section of road between Preston Grasshoppers RFC and Wychnor – has been described as ‘grossly insufficient’ for a 40mph area, making it ‘dangerous’ for pedestrians to walk.

Campaigner and local resident, Luke Unsworth, previously told Blog Preston that the situation is made worse with the overhanging vegetation.

Local residents have noted these issues in LCC’s local cycling and walking infrastructure plan consultation online.

The land is owned by LCC and runs along the land Preston North End (PNE) own where the overgrown vegetation resides. The land is managed by Northern Trust (NT).

A narrow path for pedestrians Pic: Luke Unsworth
A narrow path for pedestrians Pic: Luke Unsworth

In his petition, Luke Unsworth, said: “This stretch of pavement is heavily used on a daily basis by local residents, families, and school children including those on bikes.

“The stretch of road is excessively dangerous for these pedestrians with the volume of traffic including HGVs travelling at and above the current 40mph speed limit inches from pedestrians.

“This is exacerbated by how narrow the pavements are – only wide enough for two shoulder-to-shoulder or even a single person in places. It’s further impacted by the vegetation on the PNE owned land managed by Northern Trust, which regularly overgrows on to the pavement and is seldom cut back, forcing pedestrians to walk even closer to or on the road.

“When the pavement is busy, typically twice daily during school start and finish times, the dangers are increased with pedestrians passing each other while traffic speeds along at 40mph+ inches from the curb. As the population in the area grows with local housing developments this issue is only going to become more of a needless problem, and possibly a fatal one.  

“LCC has released a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan consultation online, and many have noted this issue in the feedback. However, given the timeframe for the delivery of this plan (2023-2032), and that no guarantee will be given to this issue a solution is needed immediately to keep people safe.”

Read more: Emotional tribute paid to retired nurse who died after being hit by bus in Fulwood

The petition, which has garnered over 200 signatures, can be viewed on the Change.org website.

Earlier this year Blog Preston contacted LCC PNE and NT on the matter, but no responses were received.

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