Speed limit cut welcomed by MP

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A MOVE to cut the speed limit on one of Fylde’s most dangerous roads has been welcomed by the local MP.

One of Mark Menzies’ first actions after being elected as Fylde MP in 2010 was to write to Lancashire County Council leader, County Cllr Geoff Driver, to urge him to ask the county highways department to slash the speed limit on the A584 Preston New Road.

It followed letters from local residents following a number of accidents, including fatal collisions, on the stretch of road between Clifton and Freckleton.

And now, finally, after two years, the limit has been reduced to 50mph from 70mph.

Mr Menzies said: “This is a very welcome change following a number of serious accidents.

“One of my earliest pieces of casework was a plea for me to support a cut in the speed limit and I duly wrote to LCC to ask them to look at the issue.

“I know my predecessor did so before me too and a number of people have been campaigning, along with the local press, to have the speed limit lowered.

“It has taken a long time but it has finally happened and I am very pleased.

“I only hope now that drivers will respect the limit and it will be enforced proactively.”

Doreen Paton, 74, died on the road in 2003 as she crossed the road near Greenfield Park. A memorial was later placed on the roadside close to where the crash took place.

Cyclist Daniel Coulter, 20, from Freckleton, died in June 2004 while crossing the road on his mountain bike. He had been badly injured in a similar crash on the road in 2002.

In 2005, Robert Banks, 84, from Freckleton, and Elizabeth Gardner, 73, from Fulwood, Preston, were killed after the Rover they were travelling in was involved in a crash with a BMW at the junction of Lower Lane.

And Hazel Lilley, 55, from Kirkham, died when she pulled out of a garage close to Clifton Business Park and her car collided with an oncoming vehicle.

County Coun Tim Ashton, who is responsible for the county’s highways, added: “There have been a number of fatalities on this road.

“We consulted on this reduction and there were no objections.

“I drive down there all the time and the reduction makes hardly any difference to journey times – so it is a price well worth paying for the extra safety on the roads.”

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