Probe into Colne road traffic speed

Nicola Blizard campaigning to improve road safety on Keighley Road for local school children.
Nicola Blizard campaigning to improve road safety on Keighley Road for local school children.
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The speed of traffic on a busy Colne road is set to be investigated.

Lancashire County Council has agreed to conduct surveys on Keighley Road after the school holidays, following a request from Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.

The news has been welcomed by Nicola Blizard, formerly Birtwell, who last year launched a petition in a bid to get stronger traffic safety measures implemented in the town.

Mum-of-two Mrs Blizard (44), of Venables Avenue, said: “I welcome this news, as as soon as school children go back to school, that is when the problems become apparent.

“I just hope that they cover all the different areas, like the top of Cotton Tree Lane.

“This is good news, particularly for schoolchildren and the elderly who live in the area.

“They need to be going at times when people are going to work and school, when it is busy. I hope action is taken sooner rather than later, and if Andrew Stephenson wants me to do anything to help, I will do what I can.”

Before carrying out works, LCC has said a speed indicator device sign will be put up in the area to remind drivers of the speed limit on the road.

According to Mr Stephenson, he was approached by residents concerned about speeding traffic between the town centre and Colne Cricket Club. The issue was also raised with Coun. Paul White and council officers.

Mr Stephenson said “I am pleased that the county council are looking into residents’ concerns and have agreed to carry out a speed survey. It is also good that they have agreed to install an interactive sign, given how long this survey will take.”

And Coun. White added: “Particularly when the road is quiet, people see this as a wide road that they are able to race down. We have to do all we can to ensure that people do not speed on this stretch and I welcome the news that the council have agreed to investigate this matter.”

Lancashire County Council confirmed that a traffic count, which also measures speed, has been ordered for both Keighley Road and Cotton Tree Lane. Work is expected to be undertaken in October.