Earby indicator to help cut speed

A SPEED indicator device could be installed on a road crossed by children making their way to a local football pitch.

But a pedestrian crossing will not be put in place at Skipton Road, Earby, following a review by highways engineers.

Residents living nearby have been campaigning for greater road safety measures in the area for several months.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson took up their fight and in August wrote to Lancashire County Council about the road, which is next to the Hill Top football pitch.

However highways chiefs at County Hall said they could not support a pedestrian crossing or road safety improvements at the location because there had been no injury causing accidents recorded in the last five years.

They did carry out a speed assessment as well but that also found average speeds to be 32mph northbound and 30mph southbound.

Despite that the county council has agreed to look at deploying a speed indicator device, which flashes a smiley or sad face at drivers depending on the speed they are doing.

Mr Stephenson said: “Speeding on Colne Road and Skipton Road through Earby has long been a problem.

“And I will continue to raise residents concerns with Lancashire County Council.

“I am pleased that a recent assessment of the speeding has taken place and hope the device can be deployed soon.”

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