Farmer calls for action after another lorry blocks Brabiner Lane at Whittingham

Lorry crash on Brabiner Lane, Whittingham
Lorry crash on Brabiner Lane, Whittingham

A farmer has decided “enough is enough” after yet another lorry blocked the country lane on which he lives and works.

Keith Procter is so fed up with the situation on the notorious Brabiner Lane, he has launched a petition calling for some kind of ‘Traffic Road Order’ to be placed on the road by Lancashire County Council, preventing large vehicles from using it.

The 48-year-old, who has lived at Brabiner House Farm all his life, says Brabiner is a well known cut through - rat run for locals, but the problems have escallated due to satallite navigation systems sending traffic, particularly lorries, via the lane.

“The situation is going worse and worse and the problems have increased in the last 18 months-two years,” he said.

The traffic - lorry situation came to a head last Thursday (August 24) when an articulated lorry travelling up the narrow lane crashed into a tree near Blundell Brook, about half way along the road around 3.30pm.

Mr Procter called the police and the road was blocked to traffic for a number of hours.

He believes this particular lorry was travelling to the Tootle Green housing development at Longridge and the driver, who escaped injury, is believed to have taken the route advised by his ‘sat nav’.

Nothing, however, says Mr Procter, surprises him any more and barely a day of the working week goes by without incident.

Mr Procter farms land on either side of Brabiner for about half of its length and says the lane is over used.

He believes many of the vehicles are en route from Preston to Longridge travelling along the main road when their ‘sat navs’ send them off onto Whittingham Lane at Grimsargh and then up Brabiner Lane, which narrows to just three metres in places, to eventually join the same road they left.

Only the day after this latest accident, Mr Procter says there was another blockage involving a wagon and large caravan.

Not only are there frequent accidents and blockages, but Mr Procter says his property is also getting damaged, be it hedges and stone gate posts.

But Mr Procter is not alone in voicing his thoughts and says as he takes his petition around, there is “massive concern” particularly from residents of Brabiner Lane who are fed up with the traffic issues and also lack of maintenance carried out on the lane.

Mr Procter also feels the highways authority and others are “dressing down the seriousness of the situation” and opinion seems to be that once the Broughton bypass is open all the problems will be solved.

But Mr Procter knows only too well traffic travelling from Preston and the south won’t be using the bypass to get to Longridge.

* If you would like to sign Mr Procter’s petition, there is a copy at Goosnargh Post Office and he hopes to have them at other outlets soon.