ePetition details

Traffic safety issues on Mowbreck Lane and Garstang Road North, Wesham

We, the undersigned, petition the county council to install a pedestrian crossing on Mowbreck Lane at the point where the footpath from the new estate (Sandmartin Ave) meets Mowbreck Lane. We also call on the council to introduce traffic calming measures on Mowbreck Lane and Garstang Road North from the junctions of Sanderlings Way and Mowbreck Lane and along Garstang Road North, past St Joseph's school and up to the junction with Fleetwood Road.

When the new Rowland homes site was being built next to Mowbreck Lane, they put in a pedestrian access point at the end of Sandmartin Ave where it meets Mowbreck Lane. This is excellent for pedestrians, however the access point does not have a gate and goes straight onto a busy road. The footpath is on the opposite side and it's difficult to see the fast moving traffic and farm vehicles to cross over, especially with kids and prams. I'm sure we all want to encourage our kids to walk to school but this really is not safe. Also the footpath on the opposite side is very narrow with overgrown hedges not helping the safety of the situation.
I am also very concerned about the very large number of vehicles, travelling way above the 20mph speed limit on both Mowbreck Lane and Garstang Road North past St Joseph's School. This stretch of road also goes past a park, a playing field, the school, a fire station and ambulance station. My children attend St Joseph's and I can honestly say, that unless something is done to address the speeding on this road, somebody, very likely children will get hurt or injured. I've also seen numerous posts on social media from Fylde police conducting road watch operations, where they have reported high numbers of speeding vehicles, the latest one was travelling at 39mph past the school at school finish time

This ePetition ran from 14/10/2019 to 25/11/2019 and has now finished.

22 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you for your e-petition regarding traffic safety concerns on Mowbreck Lane and Garstang Road North in Wesham.

To ensure any new road safety measures have the greatest impact, we focus on locations with a proven road safety issue. This is mainly determined by the number of reported injury accidents at a particular location. We also target schemes that help improve the wider highway network.

Officers inspected the area and given that both Garstang Road North and Mowbreck Lane is 20mph, with no reported injury collisions from the police in the last 5 years, we have no justification to support your requests for a pedestrian crossing or other traffic calming measures.

With regard to the speed of traffic on Garstang Road North, the Speed Management Group, which is a partnership between Lancashire County Council and the Police, recently assessed this location, and has been included in the Lancashire Speed Management Programme for 2019/20. Temporary Speed Indicator Display (SpID) signs were installed earlier this year and are due to be deployed again in the New Year.

In addition, we understand that Medlar-with-Wesham Town Council also deploy their own SpID sign on Garstang Road North and on other roads in this area. In the New Year, we will also install further temporary signs which bear the text "Community Concern Speed Area" to further remind drivers to think about the speed at which they are driving.

In relation to concerns about the speed of traffic on Mowbreck Lane, we will assess this road in terms of average vehicle speeds and the number of injury collisions. Following assessment, the Speed Management Group will consider the information, and determine what action, if any, can be taken to address issues on this road.

The Speed Management Programme is published as a downloadable document on the Lancashire Insight pages of our website (link below) and updated monthly with newly assessed sites, identifying the proposed responses to any concerns raised and timescales for implementation.