Conservative councillor calls for Up Holland pedestrian crossing
Local County Councillor Carolyn Evans is calling for a pedestrian crossing outside a doctor's surgery on Up Holland's main road.
Conservative Cllr Evans has been contacted by residents complaining that it sometimes takes 10 minutes before there is a safe break in the traffic for them to cross Ormskirk Road.
Cllr Evans, whose own brother died as a child in a road traffic incident, has now lobbied Lancashire County Council over Ormskirk Road and is hopeful that a solution will be found soon.
"Ormskirk Road is horrendously busy at peak times, and I'm told there's around 10,000 vehicle movement per day," said Cllr Evans.
"I understand the surgery itself has more than 7,000 registered patients so it's clear to me that there is sufficient evidence to support the
case for a pedestrian crossing."
Cllr Evans' call comes after she successfully lobbied for 20mph zones to be installed outside Up Holland, Wrightington and Moorside schools in her county council division of Skelmersdale East.
As well as calling for a crossing on Ormskirk Road, she's also campaigning for improvements to road surfaces on Back Lane and Carfield in Moorside, Skelmersdale.
Cllr Evans' brother, Bobbie Emery, was just seven years old when he was struck by a van as he was leaving school in May 1966, and died instantly as a result of his injuries. The incident happened in Blackpool, Cllr Evans is orginally from. Ever since then, she has campaigned tirelessly over road safety issues - from the state of local roads to lowering speed limits.
Cllr Evans added: "Ensuring local people remain safe on our roads is a high priority for me, especially with what happened to Bobby. Traffic levels have increased dramatically over the years, and that means we have to make sure we make it as easy as possible to use our highways safely and securely."