Calls for action over accident blackspot

Councillor Paul Prescott is worried about speeding drivers near the junction of Prescott Lane and Eccles Road, Kitt Green, Wigan.
Councillor Paul Prescott is worried about speeding drivers near the junction of Prescott Lane and Eccles Road, Kitt Green, Wigan.

WIGAN councillors are warning for safety measures on a dangerous bend which has seen at least one serious accident in recent weeks.

Couns Paul and Jeanette Prescott are campaigning for a pedestrian island or crossing in Eccles Road, at the junction of Prescott Lane, in Kitt Green, after residents have reported several road traffic collisions.

The most recent happened two weeks ago when a woman skidded on the bend, span round and smashed into a parked vehicle. She suffered back and neck injuries.

The council installed speed-activated safety signs in Prescott Lane two years ago, highlighting to drivers what speed they are travelling at and flashing red when it is over the limit, but motorists are appearing to not heed warnings.

Coun Paul Prescott said: “There have been a lot of accidents and on that bend so something needs to be done. We recognise there is a problem with vehicles driving without die care and attention.

“We want a crossing or small island to make traffic slow down. We put one in near the Heinz gates in Gathurst Road and it worked in slowing traffic there so we don’t see why the same principle can’t be applied here. We need a physical barrier, not white lines that people can ignore.

“A lot of HGVs go past, and there is a lot of diesel spillages which makes the surface slippy, causing a real issue of safety.

“We have spoken to the highways team at Wigan Council and a member took photos and looked at recordings of accidents and the team will assess what measures we can take. We have offered to put some funding towards the traffic island if highways agrees it,”

Residents have reported several crashes on the road, with some walls being knocked down as a result.

Rita Sutton, 87, said: “A car must have skidded on the bend and it span round three times in Eccles Road and went into another parked car. It was a really bad crash - the car had to be pulled apart to get to the female driver.

“Luckily the woman was okay - but it could happen again and be much worse. A neighbour a few doors down has had their wall knocked down by a car twice. I am fearful something really bad could happen. There is a bus stop nearby and people could be queuing up there and be killed if a car ploughs into them. Something needs to be done.”