Speed trap measures ‘not working’

Moss Lane, Platt Bridge
Moss Lane, Platt Bridge

A ROAD safety campaigner says measures designed to put the brakes on rat run motorists have failed.

Malcolm Parkinson claims speed warning signs on Moss Lane, Platt Bridge, are not slowing up traffic along this notorious short cut between Warrington Road and Liverpool Road, despite parked cars and a primary school nearby.

The local resident said: “The signs were put in a few weeks ago and initially seemed to slow people, but now it’s got to the point where people speeding are not interested.

“One driver was clocked coming from the top of Moss Lane at 45mph, and others are going through at about 35 in a 20mph zone. The signs are clearly not a deterrent.

“I’m surprised there hasn’t been a serious accident by now and something needs to be done because it’s only a matter of time.”

Mr Parkinson called for a greater police presence plus further traffic-calming measures.

Mark Tilley, Wigan Council’s head of infrastructure, said: “We have recently installed a vehicle-activated sign on Moss Lane to remind drivers of the speed limit. Should drivers travel faster than the allocated speed limit, the sign flashes red, warning them to slow down.

“These signs have proven to be a great success across the borough and we hope they will have the same effect here. A speed survey will take place on Moss Lane shortly to assess the sign’s impact.”