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Speed of traffic is under scrutiny on village road

Residents and members of the Neighbourhood Watch group have been campaigning to reduce the speed limit on Runshaw Lane, Euxton

Residents and members of the Neighbourhood Watch group have been campaigning to reduce the speed limit on Runshaw Lane, Euxton

 

Council bosses have pledged to look at the speed of vehicles on a busy road after a long campaign by residents.

People living on Runshaw Lane, Euxton, have been campaigning for 11 years for a lower speed limit and road safety measures.

They claim there have been numerous accidents and they fear for the safety of pedestrians in particular, because there is no footpath.

They are calling for the 60mph speed limit on part of the road to be reduced to 40mph.

Resident Anne-Marie Mawdesley, who has lived on Runshaw Lane for 51 years, said: “People can drive at 70mph on a motorway and there are no pedestrians allowed. People can drive here legally at 60mph and there are pedestrians.

“If we put a 40mph limit on it, people would think twice.”

She has offered to walk along Runshaw Lane with officers from Lancashire County Council to show them how dangerous it is.

Carole Howarth, who lives on Runshaw Lane and is a member of the Neighbourhood Watch, added: “It is the only lane for miles around that’s 60mph.

“It’s quite a dangerous lane and we have a lot of accidents.”

They have the backing of Chorley’s MP, Lindsay Hoyle, who has written to the council about this.

He said: “I urge the county council to look at this and act accordingly to make the road safer.”

Andrew Burrows, the council’s highways manager for Chorley, confirmed he had received the letter from Mr Hoyle, sent on behalf of residents.

He said: “In response to this as part of our consideration of the concerns, we are arranging for vehicle speed and volume counts to be undertaken, and we will be discussing the issue with the police.”

n Cyclist Daniel Arran Richmond, 35, from Whittle-le-Woods, died last Sunday after a collision between his bicycle and an Audi A3 car on the motorway bridge on Runshaw Lane.

The incident is under investigation and a 36-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on bail.

 
 
 

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