Speed changes after Darwen road safety worries

THE speed limit on a busy road heading into Darwen has been changed after concerns were raised about safety.

A campaign has been under way for more than a year to make Bull Hill safer following a number of accidents.

The transition from 50mph to 30mph at the junction with Woodlea Chase was highlighted as a problem area as drivers failed to keep to the speed limit.

Now, Blackburn with Darwen Council has reinstated a 40mph speed limit along Bull Hill until Woodlea Chase, where the 50mph limit remains.

Historically, the 40mph speed limit was in place but was changed some years ago.

Coun Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration, said: “We have reviewed the speed limits in the area as part of a wider package of measures aimed at improving safety on the A666 between Darwen Cemetery and the borough boundary with Bolton. We have listened to concerns from drivers and residents about the present speed limit which meant they had to slow down from 50mph to 30mph in a short stretch of road.

“We have decided the reinstatement of the 40mph is much safer and will slow traffic down gradually as it approaches Darwen.”

Whitehall councillor Dav- id Foster said he felt traffic-calming measures needed to be brought in alongside the new speed limit.

He said: “We have been working with residents for nearly a year on this and held a meeting earlier this year to discuss the problems at Bull Hill. “There are mixed views about the speed limit. Some residents want to keep the existing 30mph but see it more rigorously enforced, whereas others are happy to change to 40mph. “However, the majority of residents who attended the meeting agreed to an increase to 40mph only if further traffic-calming measures were introduced. I would not want the speed limit changed until these measures are in place.”

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5:35pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Sad Darwener says...

Not before time. It is too much to ask that people slow down from 50mph to 30mph when they come speeding along doing over 50mph along there anyway!! Most people are travelling over 40mph when they get to the cemetery anyway!!!
Not before time. It is too much to ask that people slow down from 50mph to 30mph when they come speeding along doing over 50mph along there anyway!! Most people are travelling over 40mph when they get to the cemetery anyway!!! Sad Darwener

9:33pm Wed 4 Dec 13

CapitaBackHander says...

Said at the time it should never have been reduced. They just wanted to park that hobby bobby police van and catch speeders.
Tell the folk in that meeting to go out and garden or something interesting - walk the moors. The road is NOT dangerous.
Those people who are whinging don't give a **** about drunks, ram raiders and coke addicts killing themselves! They like those deaths sadly because it gives morons a stat to say the road is dangerous!
The standard of driving by many silver cars or red Nissan Micras is appalling. Speeding in the 30 zone and then attempting to overtake on double white lines in a 1 litre car. Unmarked cars will catch that driving.
Traffic calming????? Sorry but the council spent many pounds on traffic calming, are they saying the money was wasted? You don't do a traffic calming plan and then need more traffic calming!
Leave the road as it is unless the bends can be lit or sharp deviation signs placed and maintained.
Said at the time it should never have been reduced. They just wanted to park that hobby bobby police van and catch speeders. Tell the folk in that meeting to go out and garden or something interesting - walk the moors. The road is NOT dangerous. Those people who are whinging don't give a **** about drunks, ram raiders and coke addicts killing themselves! They like those deaths sadly because it gives morons a stat to say the road is dangerous! The standard of driving by many silver cars or red Nissan Micras is appalling. Speeding in the 30 zone and then attempting to overtake on double white lines in a 1 litre car. Unmarked cars will catch that driving. Traffic calming????? Sorry but the council spent many pounds on traffic calming, are they saying the money was wasted? You don't do a traffic calming plan and then need more traffic calming! Leave the road as it is unless the bends can be lit or sharp deviation signs placed and maintained. CapitaBackHander

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