Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

30/10/08 Highways chiefs agree to probe killer road following pr

ROSIE Cooper MP has secured agreements from highways bosses to look at traffic speed and number of vehicles on the road where a teenager died.

Rosie Cooper MP with representatives from the police, district and county councils as well as Lathom High headteacher Doug Bruce at the meeting

Rosie, MP for West Lancashire, held a meeting with representatives from Lancashire County Council’s highways department to demand action over Houghtons Road, Skelmersdale.

Also at the meeting were representatives from the police and district council as well as Lathom High’s headteacher, Doug Bruce.

Christian Willis, 14, died while crossing the road on October 2. It is the second time in four years that a teenager has died on Houghtons Road.

Rosie said: “Lancashire County Council has agreed to collect data relating to traffic speed and the amount of traffic on Houghtons Road during the next two weeks. Once the data has been analysed, they have agreed to reconvene the meeting to discuss the results within five to six weeks .

“The police were very supportive of calls for traffic calming and agreed with Mr Bruce and me that there was a demand from the community for such measures.”

Also discussed at the meetings were a number of issues regarding access to the school, particularly via the Summer Street pathway in Tawd Park which is used by pupils coming from the Ashurst area but has become overgrown and strewn with litter.

Rosie explained: “I received assurances from the District Council that the overhanging trees will be cut back and tidied up and the County Council will also be looking at the provision of street lighting there to see what improvements can be made.

“In addition, I’ll be writing to Lancashire County Council to request that there is a warden service on the path to make pupils feel safer. I was encouraged by the police’s response to this as they indicated they would be willing to help out where possible in patrolling the area in the mornings and afternoons.

“I’m doing everything possible to ensure that the designated routes to the schools are as safe as possible because we need to stop the pupils risking their lives by crossing the main roads.”

Rosie concluded: “In all, we discussed a number of issues and possible solutions regarding access to the two high schools. I left the County and District Council under no illusion that I would fight tooth and nail to get safety measures installed.

“The people of Skelmersdale are demanding action and I’m 100% behind them.

“I look forward to hearing the County Council’s recommendations once the road survey has been completed, because doing nothing is simply not an option anymore.

“I will be reporting back to residents after the next meeting.”

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