County Hall Preston

Councillors green-light scheme to boost pedestrian safety

Measures to improve safety on a busy road in Preston have been agreed by Lancashire County Council's cabinet.

The proposals for Cadley Causeway in Fulwood aim to make the road safer for pedestrians after five people were injured in collisions between 2015 and 2019, with 3 of the injuries being serious.

A raised zebra crossing will now be introduced, along with 3 sets of speed cushions, and some new parking restrictions. An existing safety camera will also be moved to help reduce the speed of vehicles approaching the new pedestrian crossing.

The zebra crossing will be located outside St Anthony's RC Church just east of the junction with Mill Lane to make it easier for people to cross the road, and particularly improve safety for children who go to St Anthony's Catholic Primary School nearby.

The speed cushions will be installed between the zebra crossing and the junction with Black Bull Lane to help reduce the speed of vehicles approaching from that direction.

The safety camera which is currently east of Mill Lane will be relocated west of Rossall Road to reduce vehicle speeds on the approach to the crossing. There will also be some new 'no waiting at any time' parking restrictions on Cadley Causeway and around the junction of Rossall Road to ensure the camera is not obscured by parked vehicles. Some 'no loading' restrictions will operate on parts of Mill Lane and Cadley Causeway around school opening and closing times to deter people from parking on the pavement and creating a hazard for pedestrians.

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We're always working to improve safety on our roads, and one of the ways we do this is by looking at where there are patterns of serious incidents and what we may be able to do to prevent them in future.

"There is a record of incidents involving pedestrians on Cadley Causeway, and this scheme should make the road much safer by providing a formal crossing point, along with measures to reduce vehicle speeds, and deter poor parking.

"I'm grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation and look forward to these measures being put in place over the coming months."

The proposals for Cadley Causeway were outlined in a report to the county council's cabinet, which met on Thursday 4 May.