Action demanded to put brakes on speeding motorists near homes

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Resident Sefton Booth has spoken out about a need for traffic-calming measures on School Road in Up Holland.

He says cars have been regularly breaching the 30mph speed limit along the road for some time and fears serious injuries or deaths will occur as front doors are very close to the carriageway.

Lancashire County Council said signs have been put up to deter speeding motorists, but Mr Booth slammed these as being completely ineffective.

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Mr Booth said: “I think this is a problem that has always been here. Over the time we’ve lived here there have been petitions, accidents and crashes but it just hasn’t stopped.

Sefton Booth is concerned about speeding on School Lane in Up HollandSefton Booth is concerned about speeding on School Lane in Up Holland
Sefton Booth is concerned about speeding on School Lane in Up Holland

“There’s a sign saying slow down triggered when someone passes it at more than 30mph, but I sat there for an hour last week, not at a particularly busy time, and it flashed 150 times.

“There are two yellow signs up as well but I bet most people don’t even notice them. That’s a waste of time.

“It’s the old problem, until there’s a fatality no-one will do anything. Families live along here and it’s half a metre from the road to our front door. It’s a question of when, not if, there is a fatal accident.”

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Mr Booth claimed he had in recent months been passed from pillar to post between Lancashire Police and highways authorities as he attempted to raise the issue.

He is calling for officers with radar guns tomore regularly visit the Up Holland area to check for safe driving and says he has even considered buying a camera himself to record speed data.

Lancashire County Council said it would review the measures in place and the police are also considering if further action could be taken.

A spokesperson said: “As part of the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership we work closely with the police to target our resources at locations where casualties and speeds are higher.

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“We are currently reviewing the design of signs used to deter speeding to further improve their impact on driver behaviour. We are also in discussions with the police who are considering what actions they may be able to take on this road.”