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  1. Published on: 22/07/2020 10:18 AMReported by: rogerblaxall
    If a policeman's lot is not a happy one, consider a traffic policeman's lot - especially when it comes to attending scrapes, bumps and crashes at the notorious Fiveways junction.

    QLocal's Roger Blaxall chatted to a world weary traffic cop attending last Tuesday night's crash near EHU; a Transit driver lost control behind the wheel, ploughing into assorted street furniture at speed.

    https://www.qlocal.co.uk/ormskirk/ne...h-55046546.htm

    "I've been patrolling west Lancs for eight years now, and they've (LCC) still not done anything to the Fiveways junction," he opined.

    Days later this PR flooded in - I've put the word improvements in inverted commas because everyone knows that the only real improvements would include either a) a new roundabout or b) traffic light cameras or c) make Halsall Lane a cul de sac., so that Fiveways becomes Fourways.

    LCC is not squeaky clean either after its weird move to install a new set of pedestrian lights on County Road near the Halsall Lane junction c.10 years ago; they can clog up the busy junction at peak times. That - and drivers who insist on trying to beat the lights or (worse still) shimmy in at the last moment straight ahead from the Southport bound lane - make it a danger to all concerned; pedestrians, drivers and cyclists.

    Anyway, for what it's worth, here's the latest update:

    ‘Long overdue’ changes are to be made at Fiveways road junction in Ormskirk to help improve its safety record.

    West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says she has now secured commitment from the County Council for much-needed improvements at the accident hotspot.

    She had taken her calls for Fiveways junction to be given safety improvements, to the Home Secretary. She has also been urging LCC to address the issues which she says include ‘confusing road layouts and reckless driving’ at the site.

    After yet another road traffic collision at the junction, the MP wrote to both Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council urging immediate safety improvements, as previously reported.

    LCC, as the local Highway Authority, have this week responded to her calls committing to assessing the junction and implementing some changes this year, including road markings and signage.

    Ms. Cooper said: “Whilst long overdue, I am pleased that Lancashire County Council have finally accepted that change is needed at this Fiveways Junction.

    “LCC tell me that they are in the process of identifying changes to road markings and signing to assist with manoeuvres through the junction and to back-up the changed speed limit on the A59.

    “This work will take place in the autumn.

    “Separately, I am still pursuing the Home Office to push through their approval for red-light and speed enforcement cameras, were the two sets of improvements will complement each other.
    “For too long we have witnessed crash after crash, injuries and lives lost at junctions on County Road.

    "Enough! I will continue to campaign for road safety improvements at this junction and on this stretch of County Road.”

    Meanwhile Lancashire Constabulary say it's keen to install an enforcement camera system at the junction to deal with offences of excessive speed and drivers ignoring the traffic lights, but are awaiting Home Office approval.
         

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