Speed limit bid ‘laughing at us’

The stretch of road ' the A588 ' which is the subject of the campaign for a lower speed limit.

The stretch of road ' the A588 ' which is the subject of the campaign for a lower speed limit.

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The grandfather of a teenager seriously injured on a deadly rural road today slammed schemes to reduce speed limits on minor roads in Wyre.

Jim Hill’s granddaughter, Charlotte Rainford, spent months in hospital after being knocked down on the A588 between Hambleton and Stalmine in 2007.

Charlotte Rainford Knocked down as she crossed the A588 between Hambleton and Stalmine to catch the school bus

Charlotte Rainford Knocked down as she crossed the A588 between Hambleton and Stalmine to catch the school bus

Charlotte, now 19, is still affected by the head injuries she suffered in the accident .

Despite campaigns for a reduction, the speed limit has remained at 60mph.

Mr Hill, 74, of Hambleton, has now attacked Lancashire County Council’s plans to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas in Lancashire.

He said: “Where is the logic behind introducing 20mph speed limits in Preesall, Knott End and Stalmine when the council has ignored the deadly section of the A588 for so many years. Since Charlotte’s accident I have campaigned for the speed limit to be reduced but to be honest I gave up the fight because I felt we were losing the battle.

“Recently the road was featured in the BBC’s programme, Britain’s Killer Roads, and we were then told the speed limit would be reduced to 50mph but that is not enough – we need it to go down to 40mph.

“When I heard the county council were reducing the other, quieter roads, to 20mph, it was almost like they were laughing at us.

“They have told us a zebra crossing opposite the Seven Stars Hotel on Hallgate Lane would cost £10,000, it has cost us £1m in care for Charlotte over the years.”

Residents have been campaigning for a reduction in the speed limit on the A588, which runs from Blackpool to Lancaster through Stalmine and Hambleton, for several years.

In 2005, a 1,000 signature petition calling for a lower speed limit was handed to County Hall and a fatal crash in 2007 intensified the residents’ fight.

Jeffrey Harrison, 17, of Garstang, was killed on the rural road at Burned House Lane, Preesall. He was the ninth person to die on the road.

After the accident the section of road through Stalmine was reduced to 30mph.

But just last month, motorcyclist, David Redman, of Preesall, was killed in a collision on the road, intensifying calls for the speed limit to be lowered along the entire A588.

Mr Hill added: “There are children on that road everyday, not my children or grandchildren, but other people’s loved ones. I don’t want them to go through what we went through, or worse.

Sim Lane-Dixon, public realm manager at County Hall, said: “Following a safety audit of the A588 and as part of an on-going safety review, the speed limit between Stalmine and Hambleton has been reviewed and is to be reduced to 50mph.

“The associated traffic order has already been advertised and approved, works to install the necessary signs will commence in the New Year with works to be complete by the end of March.

“Substantial signing and lining works along with areas of resurfacing have already been carried out on the A588 this year. Works to some areas are in progress and further resurfacing works should be completed by the end of March.

“We think these measures will help make the road much safer.”