New supermarket junction branded as ‘dangerous’

Safety fears: The junction outside Chorley's Asda store
Safety fears: The junction outside Chorley's Asda store
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Petition launched over safety fears at junction outside Chorley Asda store

One of Chorley’s busiest town centre junctions has been dubbed ‘dangerous’ and an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Karl Hitchen, 36, of Long Meadow, has launched a petition over the junction outside the new Asda store in Chorley.

The petition received 426 signatures in just 48 hours from frustrated pedestrians and drivers.

The junction, which sees traffic coming from Pall Mall, Market Street, Bolton Street and George Street, was built to help pedestrianise the area ahead of the supermarket’s opening.

Since the junction has opened, people have vented their frustrations on Facebook group Chorley Then and Now, criticising the layout.

Last week, Mr Hitchen had a near miss at the junction, which prompted him to launch the petition.

He said: “I’ll be presenting the petition to Lancashire County Council.

“I actually think it’s a well thought out junction but it’s badly laid out and it is causing a lot of tension in the area.

“It’s very dangerous.

“When you pull out of Market Street and you go straight on to Bolton Street, you can end up in no-man’s land.

“I think it’s an accident waiting to happen.

“Some people have said it’s the drivers to blame, but surely with all the signatures all the drivers and pedestrians can’t be wrong?

“All I think it needs is a moderation to the traffic lights, and I think it will work.”

Andrew Burrows, LCC’s highways manager for Chorley, said: “We always monitor new junctions and traffic signals after they are installed.

“As a result, we have recently made some modifications to the traffic signals to improve safety and to ensure traffic flows more smoothly at the Pall Mall junction.

“We will continue to monitor it to see if any further alterations are needed.

“If anyone has concerns about a junction, they should contact our highways team,” he added.