Plan to cut speed limits on Longridge roads

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A DECISION on reducing speed limits on some of Longridge's 'danger roads' has moved a step closer.

A report to the Lancashire 'Local' committee for Ribble Valley says that the majority of existing spee d limits have been found to be satisfactory, though changes were proposed on several lengths of roads within the borough.

And that could mean big changes on the way which are likely to affect thousands of motorists as well as other road users and pedestrians in Longridge and district.

Speed limits on several busy roads around the town could now be reduced by as much as 20mph as part of a government attempt at improving road safety on A and B roads nationwide.

Four 'danger stretches' on roads within The News circulation area have been identified by highway consultants as in need of speed limit reductions.

Although the changes are still only at the discussion stage they are now to go out to consultation with interested parties.

The proposals could see speed limits cut at Longridge, Knowle Green and Ribchester as well as other parts of Ribble Valley and neighbouring Preston City.

The stretches where speed limit changes are being considered are:

* B6243 Preston Road, Longridge (from the Grimsargh boundary to the Back Lane junction including Alston Lane RC

Primary School) 50mph reduced to 30mph.

* B6243 Preston Road, Longridge (from Back Lane junction to south of the College Close junction) 50mph reduced to 40mph.

* B6243 Clitheroe Road, Knowle Green (east of Knowle Green from Green Moor Lane to Squire House Lane including Stoneygate Lane crossroads) 60mph reduced to 30mph

* B6245 Preston Road, Ribchester (from Woods Brow to Hospital Cottages including the junctions with Ward Green Lane and Fleet Street Lane) 60mph to 40mph.

The other candidates for speed cuts in Ribble Valley are the A59 Longsight Road, Osbaldston (including Osbaldeston Lane, Abbott Brow crossroads, St Mary's RC Primary School and the Saab Garage) 40mph reduced to 30mph and the A671 Accrington Road, Whalley (along the dual carriageway approaching the traffic signals at Spring Wood picnic site) 70mph reduced to 60mph .

The speed review was ordered by the government two years ago.

Once the proposed amendments to speed limits are approved they would be formally advertised, and in the event of objections being received the issue would be referred back to the 'Local' for determination.

County Coun Mary Wilson who represents Longridge on Lancashire County Council, welcomed the proposed reductions in speed limits along various roads in and around the town.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, said: "The aim of the speed limit review has been to ensure th elimits on A and B roads in Lancashire are correct across the county, and across the country. This in turn will improve respect and compliance with speed limits which will assist in improving road safety for all road users."

In neighbouring Wyre, speed limit cuts are also possible on the A6 between Barton and Forton, where, currently various speed limits along the route between the Preston/ Wyre boundary at Barton/Myerscough and the Wyre/Lancaster boundary at Forton/Galgate.