Traffic-calming measures are not needed in village - council

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Traffic calming measures will not be introduced in Coppull, because accident figures aren’t high enough.

That was the response from Lancashire County Council after residents campaigned for change in the village.

Those living on Mill Lane and Jolly Tar Lane complained that cars speed down the narrow residential roads, but LCC said there have only been three accidents there in the last five years.

Coun Matthew Crow, who wrote to the council about the issue, is outraged by the response.

He said: “I am very concerned to see evidence of the county council’s ‘accident before action’ policy regarding traffic calming measures in villages like Coppull.

“This attitude towards road safety is of great concern to myself and residents. Traffic-calming measures are by their very nature preventative.”

In a letter to Coun Crow, LCC’s Executive Director for the Environment, Jo Turton, said: “I can appreciate that local residents are concerned about speeding traffic in this area. Mill Lane already has traffic calming features in place and is part of an existing 20mph, and the results of a recent traffic count indicates a mean speed of 21.9mph. We have agreed to install some extra 20mph signs at the exit of the Coppull Enterprise Centre in order to remind motorists that they are entering a 20mph zone. These additional signs should be in place by the end of October.”

Coun Ken Ball, who also represents Coppull at Chorley Council, has been campaigning for change for years.

He said: “I’m not surprised LCC aren’t doing anything. There have been a few residents’ complaints because nobody likes to see problems on their doorsteps, but I think the issue will improve when LCC change the residential roads to 20mph zones, as they’re doing across Lancashire.”