A blackspot junction in the Ribble Valley branded ‘one of the most dangerous in the country’ by campaigners is finally to get a new roundabout costing up to £2million.
Following the latest of a string of major accidents at the cross roads of the A59 and Pendle Road near Clitheroe, Lancashire County Council has announced a new scheme for a roundabout at the junction to be built by the summer 2018.
The news will delight campaigners who have fought for several years for safety measures at the notorious junction.
The scheme is expected to cost between £1million and £2million depending on ground conditions and underground pipes and cables, and will be paid for from the authority’s capital programme of works.
The latest incident at the junction occurred on Sunday, October 30th when, a man and a woman had to be cut out of a Vauxhall after a collision with a VW Passat at the junction and taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.
This was the latest in a series of serious injury and fatal accidents at the junction over the years.
Coun. Allan Knox has led a petition campaign for the introduction of a roundabout at the junction and he said:"The powers that be appear to have been listening to our anger at inaction; and they realise our petition has given voice to a justifiable community concern they cannot turn a blind eye to."
The new scheme is due to be delivered between spring next year and summer 2018.