Maghull Labour Action Team welcomes installation of traffic calm

Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley

Maghull Labour Action Team's Cllr Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer have welcomed the installation of new traffic calming measures on Damfield Lane and Hall Lane.


Traffic calming is being installed along Damfield Lane and Hall Lane after Sefton Council discovered there had been a high rate of accidents in the period of just three years.


In that time, there were 15 recorded injuries, one fatal, two resulted in serious injuries and 12 resulted in slight injuries. The council also reported the "higher than average number of collisions" in the area.


The safety measures include:

· five sets of speed cushions along Damfield Lane

· a splitter-island and mini roundabout at the junction of Damfield Lane and Hall Lane

· Vehicle Activated Signage and two speed tables for Hall Lane

· a change to the speed restriction along Hall Lane between A59 and the canal bridge from 30mph to 20mph

· a priority signage at the canal bridge and to change the existing ‘give way’ junction at Hall Lane / Station Road into a junction that will require drivers to STOP before they exit Hall Lane

· improvements to existing signage and lining at junctions

Maghull mum and Labour Action Team leader Lynn Gatherer said the new safety measures should make the whole area a lot safer.


Lynn said: "Living near to this spot, I regularly walk along Damfield Lane and have seen how dangerous at times this area can get, particularly during the peak school times.


"Sefton Council conducted a full consultation with residents along the affected routes and the Labour Action Team surveys opinions of locals, the vast majority of results were in favour of traffic calming.


"This should hopefully reduce the number of accidents and injuries on a stretch of road which is used a lot by children and young people going to and from school."


Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley said he would continue to monitor the area to ensure the new traffic calming measures worked.


Cllr McKinley said: "The work is being done at the moment to install the agreed measures which will hopefully make the whole area a lot safer.


"Correspondents were received from Maricourt High School welcoming the 'overdue' traffic calming around both the school sites.


"These measures should make it not only safer for pedestrians and other road users, but it should make it easier and safer for motorists to negotiate the canal bridge, and the Maghul Labour Action Team and I thank Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for giving the green light to the project, Labour Councillor John Fairclough.


"But the message still needs to be that motorists need to cut their speed, particularly in built up residential areas.


"Maghull Labour Action Team and I will keep monitoring this stretch of road to make sure that the traffic calming is working and the roads are safer for everyone."

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