Maghull Town Council Labour councillors tackle traffic blackspot

Patrick McKinley and Maurice Byrne

Labour councillors on Maghull Town Council are investigating ways to tackle a notorious traffic blackspot in the town.

The eastern side of Hall Lane has long been a problem road with regular congestion caused as cars make their way across the canal bridge in single file.

But after receiving complaints from residents, Maghull's Labour councillors are working with residents and police to try to find a solution.

Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne, and Sudell Ward Labour councillor Patrick McKinley, led a Labour councillors' site visit to speak to residents and analyse the flow of traffic on the busy road.

Cllr Byrne said: "While visiting the site, we knocked on each and every door along Hall Lane to speak to the residents on what issues they've experienced on he road.

"Each of them confirmed there was a problem.

"We were also told that there have been accidents on the road with the last just being a couple of weeks back when a boy was knocked down.

"So we took the points raised by residents during the visit and discussed them with Maghull Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Booth."

Suggestions for the road included making it a 20mph zone and also turning into one way only.

Cllr McKinley said: "We want to look into all the possibilities for the road to ensure we make the right decision which is in the interests of the local community.

"So we are investigating some of the suggestions which have been put to us. These include reducing the speed limit which will reduce accidents and stopping two way traffic.

"The latter is a lot more involved as it would require re-routing traffic coming from one way possibly via Damfield Lane, but then we would need to ensure the junction where Damfield meets Northway is made a lot safer.

"But we want to look at all the suggestions so that we can make this site safer and less congested for the residents and also for the motorists."

Another issue which Hall Lane residents mentioned to the Labour Action Team was the poor condition of the roadsurface. The Labour team reported the residents' concerns.

Cllr Byrne said: "We reported the complaints about the surface and we received a sympathetic ear and I am pleased to see that work has begun to fix the problem."

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