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Lancashire to spend half a million to reduce cycling casualties in danger spots

13 dangerous junctions to be redesigned

Lancashire County Council has announced its intention to spend half a million pounds on the prevention of cycling injuries.

The council will improve 13 dangerous junctions and add pedestrian crossings and other safety measures.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’ve looked at the locations where there have been a high number of incidents involving cyclists and we’ve developed plans to try to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.”

In Leyland, the Churchill Way roundabout near Hough Lane and McDonald’s will be changed into a shared-use facility with cycle lanes introduced, at a cost of £47,565.

The area is classed as the twelfth worst junction in Lancashire for cycling accidents.

Work in Burnley will be carried out at the junction of Colne Road and Thursby Square, and the junction of Church Street and Ormerod Road.

Around £5,000 will be spent in Colne Road where clear road markings will be provided and the exisitng cycle lane widened.

The Church Street/Ormerod Road work is expected to cost around £63,000 and will see a signalised junction and Toucan crossing facility installed.

A public consultation will be held in the autumn, with work expected to start next year.

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Accessibility f... | 9 years ago

£500,000 is a pathetic sum of money. We all know it will be spent on nothing more than paint and signs.

Simon Walker | 9 years ago

Sadly the cycling provision in this country is woeful; cycle lanes that are used as street parking. and end just before junctions just as you really need that bit of space to name a couple of examples. The cycle path in the middle of a foot path is one of my pet hates.

I think a lot of it is an after thought and only there to meet some government metric about sustainable transport policy implementation and the like.

However there are some good bits so it's not all bad. Usually where segregated cycle paths have been put in for families and particularly young children to use without running the risk of fast moving traffic.

But for those of use who like to move along a bit, the best way is pick routes that keep off the main trunk roads, even if it means adding a couple of miles to your daily commute.

teaboy replied to Simon Walker | 9 years ago
Simon Walker wrote:

But for those of use who like to move along a bit, the best way is pick routes that keep off the main trunk roads, even if it means adding a couple of miles to your daily commute.

That might be a way to deal with the current situation, but certainly shouldn't be the long-term solution.

jthef | 9 years ago

if its anything like the normal cycle stuff they do they will be wasting money.
the only solutions they are bothered about are shared or cheap!!!

sanderville | 9 years ago

I live in Lancashire and it's nice to know that our re-election-seeking nonce-ocrats are going to plan for future road improvements. But I'd prefer it if they didn't all want foreign companies to inject toxic, radio-active chemicals into my water supply in order to pump out an economically insignificant amount of methane despite the whole US "shale revolution" going tits-up because fracking is a pissing loss at anything below $120 a barrel.

But as long as they let Cyril Smith and Greville Janner rest in peace it's all good.

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