Campaigners’ action plan for road smash blackspot

From left, Councillor Yvonne Klieve with residents Louise Churton, Phyllis Smith and Emma Rothwell
From left, Councillor Yvonne Klieve with residents Louise Churton, Phyllis Smith and Emma Rothwell

A COUNCILLOR is teaming up with residents to demand the brakes are put on irresponsible speeding motorists at an accident blackspot.

Coun Yvonne Klieve for Golborne ward is asking for urgent action to tackle drivers exceeding the speed limit on Church Street after a worrying spate of crashes and near misses.

Residents say there have been reports of as many as six cars mounting the pavement on the stretch of road in just a few short months and contacted their representative in the chamber to ask for changes.

Following a meeting with highways officers from Wigan Council a number of speed-curbing measures are now being looked into, including road resurfacing, new markings and a sign which flashes up how fast approaching vehicles are going.

Coun Klieve said: “We have had several cars hitting walls and causing damage to houses after mounting the pavement and residents are very worried, they have been living in fear.

“I have real concerns with the safety of this road for residents and pedestrians and I’m particularly worried about the part of the road which is the crossing point for the local junior and high school pupils.

“This is a speed issue, drivers are coming off the bridge and they are not slowing down enough.

“They are carrying on at the same speed and we desperately need something doing.”

Coun Klieve recently asked a highways officer to see the scene first hand and hold an on-site meeting with those affected.

Church Street is already scheduled for resurfacing work next year but Coun Klieve says she is trying to get this brought forward and residents have also started a petition asking Wigan Council to act sooner.

She also hopes the vehicle-activated signs, which draw attention to motorists’ speed as they approach the accident hotspot, will be put in place as soon as possible.

Coun Klieve said: “I am determined that we will review the effectiveness of the new initiatives, once they have been in place, with residents to ensure that all their concerns have been addressed.

“And with the council’s support we have made the road safer for residents, pedestrians and road users themselves.”

To find out more, ring Coun Klieve on 01942 275808 or email y.klieve@wigan.gov.uk