Published Monday 9th January 2017
Now the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership has given the go ahead for new average speed enforcement camera systems on the routes, with the hope of reducing the death toll and making the roads safer for all to use.
The routes are (cameras will cover traffic flow in both directions):
A565 Southport Road (1.2m) between B5246 at Mere Brow and the Gravel Lane roundabout at Banks.A583 Preston New Road (7.5m) between M55 Junction 4 (Peel Road, Peel Hill), through Kirkham bypass, and Blackpool Road at Preston Old Road, Clifton.A588 Head Dyke Lane, Pilling (2m) between Fold House Caravan Park and Bourbles Lane.A59 Brockholes Brow, Preston (0.5m) between M6 junction 31 and Glenluce Drive.A6 London Road, Preston (0.7m) between Capitol Centre (Winery Lane) and Albyn Street East.A675 in Belmont (8.5m) between M65 junction 3, through Abbey Village and Belmont to Scout Road.A682 Gisburn Road, Pendle (5.2m) between A59 at Gisburn and Whittycroft Avenue (between Barrowford and Blacko).B6232 Grane Road, Haslingden (4.7m) between A56 through Haslingden Grane to A6177 Elton Road junction with Sough Lane.
Alongside Lancashire Constabulary the Partnership, which includes representatives from Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Highways England and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, has decided to adopt the system using average speed cameras as safety and motorist compliance has consistently improved on a variety of road types using the system in other parts of the UK.
Installation work will begin on Monday 9 January on the first route, the A6 London Road, Preston, between the Capitol Centre (Winery Road) and Albyn Street East, with enforcement likely to begin around March. The seven other routes will have a staggered installation period with all cameras in force by the end of 2017.
"It is well documented and well researched that speeding does kill, but we know that a combination of education, enforcement and engineering solutions can save lives and reduce the number of people seriously injured on the county’s roads.
“Using average speed cameras is just one way that can help us achieve further steps ‘Towards Zero Lancashire’ which is the vision of the partnership – preventing all collisions that result in death and serious injury.”
"However there are particular roads where the record of speed related casualties remains high, despite considerable investment in targeted safety engineering measures.
"The evidence suggests that average speed cameras will help to tackle this problem, and I look forward to these roads becoming safer following their introduction."
The proposed routes chosen by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership have been based on the following criteria:
There is a history of collisions and casualties within the routes.
Speed surveys indicate that speeding vehicles is an issue.
Some of the routes have been identified as needing action around speed and road safety issues, but there aren’t any other realistic or appropriate enforcement options.