New measures to tackle traffic blackspot thanks to Maghull Labou

Patrick McKinley and Maurice Byrne

Plans for a 20mph speed limit on a notorious traffic blackspot could be introduced after Maghull Labour Action Team canvassed the views of local residents.

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 worked with locals and police to find a solution.

After knocking on every door on the road, residents were overwhelmingly in favour of a new speed limit.

Sefton Council is also in the process of conducting a survey of Hall Lane and Damfield Lane.

Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne, said: "Living near to this road I know just how bad the traffic on Hall Lane can be - and just how dangerous it can be.

"So the Labour Action Team, including Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley and myself, canvassed the views of residents in the road to see exactly what they wanted.

"There had been a number of suggestions, which included making the street one way only and introducing traffic calming measures, but the overwhelming feeling from residents was that they wanted traffic speed reduced to 20mph.

"We fed this into the council so it could inform the decision."

The new speed limit proposals were discussed at last week's Sefton East Parishes Area Committee along with plans to install a mini-roundabout at the junction of Hall Lane and Damfield Lane and the installation of ‘priority’ signs on either side of the bridge to avoid motorists’ confusion.

Cllr McKinley said he was delighted the residents’ views were being considered.

Cllr McKinley said: "When you are looking at proposals for any improvements for traffic flow you have to be careful that the changes which are made don't make the situation worse.

"So we listened to what local people wanted because it is those people who are living with the congestion on the road day in and day out.

"While speaking to residents on the doorstep we heard about a number of accidents on this street. If the new proposals are finally given the greenlight, this new speed limit will hopefully help reduce the number of incidents of this kind.

"But once the road becomes 20mph, the Labour Action Team will continue to monitor the situation to see if the problems on Hall Road have been eased if not resolved."

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