Residents’ fury over junction

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STANDISH residents are demanding something is done to curb dangerous driving at a busy junction after a spate of near-misses.

Motorists travelling through the town from Coppull towards Wigan are flouting the law and turning left into Market Street from Preston Road.

Standish resident Valerie Goulding had a narrow escape when a lorry swung around the left-hand corner as she was about to cross on the green pedestrian light.

The vehicle only just avoided her and the incident left her shocked and shaken.

Residents say this is just the latest in a long catalogue of incidents at the junction dating back several years, and have been joined by Labour councillor for Standish and Langtree ward Emma McGurrin in demanding action to stop the flow of cars turning left.

Mrs Goulding, who walks with the aid of a stick after suffering two strokes, says the incident has left her badly shaken and too nervous to go back to the junction.

Mrs Goulding, 62, said: “I honestly don’t know how the lorry missed me.

“I went into Galloway’s and one of the girls saw the incident.

“She said she couldn’t believe I hadn’t been hit.

“This is not the first time I’ve nearly been knocked down,

“I was almost hit about a year ago by a truck coming from Charnock Richard who’d missed the turning.

“I definitely won’t be going back to that junction though, it’s put me off.”

Eric Howarth, 82, also had a lucky escape at the junction this week.

He said: “I was crossing to go to the bank and got about a yard into the road before a car did an illegal left turn into Market Street and I had to jump back quickly.

“My wife has been nearly knocked down too.

“There are signs up along Preston Road saying there is no left turn, but cars are still doing it on a regular basis.

“It’s a dangerous spot and something needs to be done before there is a serious injury or a fatality.”

Cars were previously able to turn left into Market Street, before it was stopped due to safety concerns and a small link road, Pole Street, was opened.

There has previously been a speed camera on the spot before it was taken away due to budget cuts, but Mr Howarth says it often had no film in it and is calling for more drastic solutions.

He said: “At the moment there’s no evidence of anything so the police won’t prosecute, even if you manage to get the number plate of an offending driver it’s just your word against theirs.

“What I’d like to see is the traffic come to a complete standstill for around 10 seconds on that junction while the pedestrian crossing is on green.

“I think that’s possible but I don’t know how practical it would be.”

Fellow Standish resident Jimmy Hart, 70, said: “I don’t see why the council are able to put cameras up in the centre of Wigan and yet the one on this dangerous crossing got taken down.”

Coun McGurrin said: “There have been numerous incidents at this junction in the last few weeks and it is completely unacceptable.

“I want the camera re-sited and pressure put on the Highways Agency and the council to act, because there’s going to be a death there.”