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Two Preston city centre roads could see new traffic rules tested

Posted on - 3rd November, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Roads, Transport
The council is currently carrying out a six week consultation for any views to be taken into account.
The council is currently carrying out a six week consultation for any views to be taken into account Pic: Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council is encouraging people to share their views on new plans which aim to improve road safety and keep traffic moving at key locations across the county.

The initiative – which would see Lancashire County Council given new powers to stop drivers attempting dangerous manoeuvres including driving the wrong way down one-way streets – could be rolled out next summer, if the government grants powers for enforcing moving traffic offences.

As well as helping to prevent accidents, it is hoped that this will also help reduce congestion. The council is currently carrying out a six week consultation for any views to be taken into account.

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The council plans to initially introduce the powers at four locations which include prohibited turns and a one-way street: Charnley Street, Preston; Ringway/Bow Lane junction, in Preston; Hyndburn Road (McDonalds) in Accrington and Morecambe Road (Aldi) in Lancaster.

If granted the powers, the offences targeted could include:

  • turning left, right or making u-turns when instructed not to do so
  • driving the wrong way up one-way streets
  • entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear
  • driving where/when motor vehicles are prohibited

Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology would be used to identify drivers.

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County Councillor Charlie Edwards, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have identified some initial locations where drivers ignoring the rules is causing congestion and creating a danger to road users.

“In order to be able to enforce these locations with camera technology, we need to be granted the powers to do so by the government. I’m grateful for people taking the time to give us their views on the first proposed locations.

“It’s a priority for us to keep our roads safe, keep traffic moving and do what we can to minimise emissions.

“We are hoping that if this initiative is successful, it could be rolled out at other locations across the county. Any additional sites would each undertake the same consultation process before it was rolled out to them in the future.”

You can submit your comments by Sunday, November 27 at Moving Traffic Oct 2022.

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