‘Speed limit change is needed at black-spot’

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'Harry Messenger of Euxton, outside Euxton Mills which he is happy to see plans are in progress for a change of use
PHOTO : DAVID HURST'Harry Messenger of Euxton, outside Euxton Mills which he is happy to see plans are in progress for a change of use
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A RESIDENT who has witnessed more than 50 crashes on a dangerous Chorley road is campaigning to have its speed limit reduced.

Dawber’s Lane in Euxton has been the scene of 28 collisions in the last five years, and two people were killed in 2006.

But Harry Messenger says not all accidents are officially recorded if nobody is injured, and after people living in the area complained the 60mph limit is too excessive, Lancashire County Council is now considering reducing it to 40mph.

Harry said: “I’ve see drivers coming round the bends so fast. Even when they’re doing 60mph, it’s too fast for those sharp corners.

“I’ve seen more than 50 accidents over the years between the Euxton Mills and Five Acres garden centre, and I don’t think people are aware of how dangerous it is.

“A reduction in the speed limit will make a big difference.”

Statistics show that 46 people were injured on Dawber’s Lane in the last five years, and with the old Xelflex mill being replaced with a retirement village and a quarry being built further up the road, people are worried that more traffic will mean more collisions.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, who represents Euxton South at Chorley Council, said: “It would definitely be a good move to reduce the speed limit.

“There have been far too many accidents on that stretch of road, and anything which can help prevent more fatalities should be welcomed.

“People have been complaining about this for a long time and we’ve been campaigning for something to be done, so we’re all delighted at the prospect of the changes going ahead.”

People can comment on the proposals until January 16, and LCC will then make a decision.

Call 01772 530167 or email alan.capstick@lancashire.gov.uk