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Don’t let roundabout situation rumble on

Graham Archer and Councillor Ralph Snape want changes made to the new roundabout on Union Street, Chorley

Graham Archer and Councillor Ralph Snape want changes made to the new roundabout on Union Street, Chorley

 

A councillor is supporting a call to make Chorley town centre’s new roundabout safer.

Resident Graham Archer claims the mini roundabout at the junction of Market Street-Union Street-Park Road is dangerous in its present state and needs traffic calming measures.

Mr Archer, 65, of St Michael’s Close, Chorley, said placing “rumble strips” on the road as traffic approach the roundabout along Park Road from the A6 Preston Road, would slow vehicles down and make is safer for other drivers coming up from Union Street and edging out onto the roundabout.

Mr Archer said: “If you’re coming form the north down the A6, you go down hill a bit round a bend. What I suggested was painting rumble strips on the dual carriageway before the roundabout.”

Coun Ralph Snape said: “I agree, and I’m a firm believer prevention is better than cure.

“In this case we need something to control the traffic from Preston Road coming into town, because at the roundabout, we know you should give way to the right, but they are coming at such a speed they can’t control that.

“The county has told me they are monitoring the situation, but will they only monitor it after an accident?

“It should have been thought out before it got to this stage. I’ll accept anything that controls the traffic.”

The £60,000 Lancashire County Council scheme was introduced this year to ease congestion. Similar plans emerged five years ago but never came about.

A new zebra crossing was also installed.

Andrew Burrows, highways manager for Chorley, said: “We’d like to thank Coun Snape for bringing this issue to our attention.

“We will now carry out a survey to measure the speed and volume of traffic on Park Road and speak to the police to see if they can monitor driver behaviour.

“We will then be able to see whether we need to take any further action.”

 

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