Danger road speed limit is cut

The junction at Spring Wood.
The junction at Spring Wood.
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A notorious stretch of Ribble Valley road branded an accident blackspot is to have its speed limit reduced.

Road safety campaigners, residents and borough councillors Joyce Holgate MBE and Terry Hill are celebrating victory after Lancashire County Council officials confirmed the speed limit along the A671 Accrington Road, Whalley, near Spring Wood Picnic Site, would be cut from 60 to 50 mph.

In addition, the height of a traffic signal will be raised, so it is more visible to drivers, and a direction sign is to be relocated to improve visibility.

Coun. Holgate, who represents the area, said: “I am delighted that finally our voices have been heard. Coun. Hill and I have had meetings with the traffic police and highways officials at County Hall for years and it’s about time something was done to make this road safer.

“This is a major victory for everyone who has campaigned for the introduction of traffic calming measures along this poorly-designed road.”