ePetition details

Moss Hey Lane, Mere Brow

We the undersigned petition the county council to reconsider their decision to prohibit motor vehicles from using the southern arm of Moss Hey Lane at its junction with Southport New Road (A565) north east of Mere Brow

We believe the wrong decision has be made to close the junction at the southern arm of Moss Hey Lane. With the junction only being closed at one side and the central reservation still being left open to allow vehicles coming off Tarleton Moss to access the central reservation and turn right: how will this improve the safety of the crossing?
With a high volume of farm traffic using this junction surely it is safer for vehicles to travel straight across the junction rather than trying to manoeuvre large tractors with trailers and HGV's through the central reservation following with a sharp right turn.
This closure will increase the volume of traffic turning left at Mere Brow roundabout travelling past the local primary school creating a risk to school children.
This closure may also increase the volume of traffic using Green lane, a single carriageway road which is limited to 7.5 tonne vehicles. This road is well known in the area for cars descending into the ditches on either side. A road that is not fit for purpose.
So surely until The Green Lane link road has been implemented work on the closure of the Moss Hey lane junction should be put on hold.

This ePetition ran from 03/01/2019 to 14/02/2019 and has now finished.

283 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The closure is a local safety scheme in response to a high accident rate at the Moss Hey Lane / A565 Southport New Road junction. We were not able to close the northerly junction, as there was no feasible alternative route. We were able to close the southerly junction, as traffic can access the roads to the south via the roundabout junction of the A565 and The Gravel.

Accident data showed that this partial closure could lead to a 50 percent reduction in accidents. We advertised the change for four weeks in March 2018. We received some opposition at this point. Nevertheless, the matter was taken to the council's cabinet in September 2018 and was approved based on its potential to reduce collisions and injuries.

Work to close the junction concluded in the third week of January 2019. We will be monitoring the junction closely for twelve months to measure the efficacy of the closure.