MP backs calls for ‘rat run’ to become a quiet lane

Nigel Evans
Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans is calling on highways chiefs to take action in the aftermath of an horrific crash on Standen Lane, Clitheroe, which left a 45-year-old woman and her baby grandson seriously injured.

Mr Evans is backing a request made by the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership which agreed to write to the Lancashire Highways Authority requesting that the national speed limit is removed from Standen Lane, and it be designated an official “quiet lane”.

The woman and her 18-month-old grandson were hit by a Vauxhall Corsa on Thursday January 21st being driven by a 17-year-old Skipton youth, who is believed to attend Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre.

In a letter to Lancashire County Council’s Head of Highways, Phil Durnell, Mr Evans said: “It seems abundantly clear to me that Worston Road should not have a 60 mph speed limit, due to the large numbers of walkers, cyclists and families with young children who use the road on a daily basis.

“To continue with the same classification presents a real risk that this terrible accident could be repeated.”

He added: “It should not have taken such a terrible accident to highlight the absurd classification of this road. Anyone who has travelled along it will know that Worston Road should not have a 60 mph limit. That is why I have asked that Lancashire County Council designate the road as a ‘quiet lane’.

“I am sure that this measure would have the support of the local community, with the hope that another terrible accident can be avoided.”

The country lane, which is known locally as Four Lane Ends, is “fast becoming a rat run” according to the chairman of the Partnership Coun. Robert Thompson.