Concerns over safety of Fiveways Junction taken to government

Concerns over safety of Fiveways Junction taken to government

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has taken her calls for Fiveways Junction to be given safety improvements to the Home Secretary.

Last week, the Champion reported how MP Cooper had urged Lancashire County Council to address the issue after claims that a confusing road layout and reckless driving at the County Road junction was causing it to become an accident hotspot.

After another recent road traffic collision at the junction, MP Cooper wrote to both Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council urging immediate safety improvements.

Lancashire Constabulary confirmed to Ms Cooper that they were progressing with some intervention, but progress had stalled while waiting for ‘Home Office Type Approval’.

She has therefore taken the issue up with Home Secretary Priti Patel, seeking urgent assistance to speed up the process.

MP Cooper said: “Having received the response from Lancashire Constabulary confirming to me that they were experiencing a delay in receiving Home Office Type Approval for a non-invasive solution to safety issues at the Fiveways Junction, I immediately wrote to the Home Secretary asking that she move this on.

“The police are keen to install a system at this junction to deal with offences of excessive speed and drivers ignoring the traffic lights, and I believe enforcement cameras would serve as a helpful deterrent.

“For too long we have witnessed crash after crash, injuries and lives lost at junctions on County Road. Enough! I will continue to campaign for road safety improvements at this junction and on this stretch of County Road.”

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