Highways officials have been criticised for failing to carry out a “proper assessment” on the need for a pedestrian crossing in a busy Valley village.
More than 500 people signed a petition in support of a campaign to create a pedestrian crossing on the A59 through Gisburn, where thousands of vehicles pass through.
However, due to budget cuts, it is believed bosses at Lancashire County Council replied: “Gisburn was not a priority because there hadn’t been any accidents.”
Gisburn Parish Council has since published a report stating county hall has not followed its own policies on the assessment process.
Parish councillor David Waters, who is leading the campaign for the crossing, said: “The county council has confirmed it uses the standard measure of the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles – which means they have to count the number and type of vehicles at the proposed location.
“They also have to count the number of pedestrians and take into account their vulnerability. There are other factors as well that they should consider, but they have done none of this.
“Instead, they have based their decision solely on accident statistics and a lack of funding and that is not satisfactory.
“Do we really have to wait until someone is killed or seriously injured before we get a crossing on this dangerous road? What price would they put on a life?”
David went to explain that the parish council and villagers will continue to campaign for a pedestrian crossing to be installed in the village and will not rest until their voices are heard. “We acknowledge that due to Government cuts the county council faces significant financial pressures. However, we have shown in the report how a pedestrian crossing can be cost-neutral. Department for Transport figures for 2016 show that the value of preventing just one injury accident is around £60,000. That’s the same as the cost of a light-controlled pedestrian crossing.”
He added: “The Parish Council have unanimously approved the report and agreed to send it to Lancashire County Council.
“They need to understand people in Gisburn are not going to be ignored. We have heard the pledges of support from our elected representatives and now we want to see some action.”