Action pledged over potholes

Concerns: Coun Mark Perks measures one of the potholes in Euxton
Concerns: Coun Mark Perks measures one of the potholes in Euxton
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Fears for the safety of cyclists have been expressed after a potholed road was dubbed “extremely dangerous.”

Community leaders have urged the A49 Wigan Road in Euxton be put on a list of top priorities for repair work.

County Coun Mark Perks has made the calls to Lancashire County Council after he noted potholes on the road were deteriorating. They are located on Wigan Road and the approach to the traffic signals on School Lane.

Coun Perks claims he has contacted LCC four times in the last 12 months raising his concerns about the road.

Last month it was announced by LCC that more than £1.3m would be invested into Chorley roads and today County Hall pledged the A49 was being looked at.

Coun Perks says he is frustrated he feels that the A49 has been overlooked in the highways and transport masterplan.

He said he felt that other roads had been focused on while the A49 was in a “dangerous” condition.

He said: “I’ve made four complaints and have been contacted by more than 50 residents raising their concerns.

“Many people with bikes are concerned as they feel they could come off at any point if they hid a pothole.”

Recently, 20mph speed limits have been put in place by LCC during school hours in the area.

Out of school time, Wigan Road has a speed limit of 30mph and Coun Perks is pushing for the road should be upgraded after LCC installed the traffic measures.

He added: “They have gone to the effort of putting the reduced speed limit zones in the area.

“So why not repair the road, it is sub-standard and it isn’t safe.

“I feel LCC should operate on a scoring system and that roads near school should get priority.”

Andrew Burrows, highways manager for Chorley, today said: “Safety is our priority and we have previously inspected and repaired potholes and other defects that are serious enough to meet our criteria for intervention.

“Works are programmed to take place in early March to resurface the areas of the A49, Balshaw Lane and School Lane in Euxton which are currently in worst condition and we’ll be using temporary signals to keep traffic flowing and minimise disruption.”