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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 (3020445)
Lorries 'create havoc in village'
by David Simister

LORRIES thundering through a narrow village road force are putting drivers' and pedectrians' lives at risk claims a resident.

Rufford resident John Bradshaw has called for Lancashire County Council to tackle traffic problems on New Road, Road.

He says trucks and buses are forced to use the pavement to pass each other, and fears a serious accident will soon happen.

He said: “The road carries high volumes of traffic from speeding cars to HGVs and buses and coaches.

”It is a daily occurrence to see all these vehicles using both pavements to pass each other.

“As the pavements, like the road, are very narrow, pedestrians have to step out of the way when confronted by these levethians.”

The road is commonly used as a link between the A59 as it passes through Rufford and Holmeswood, and is often used by cars, trucks and buses on their way to Southport and Ormskirk.

Lancashire County Council told The Champion it would review the road in light of the concerns raised, but said it had no immediate plans to carry out any highways work at New Road.

Andrew Burrows, public realm manager at the authority, said: “New Road is a C-class road which is signed to take some traffic from the south side of Rufford on the A59 to the A565 at Mere Brow via the B5246.

”There have been no recorded injury accidents in the last five years. However, as concerns have been raised, we will carry out a traffic volume and speed count to get a picture of how the road is being used.“


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