Village anger over drivers using ‘rat-run’

Staining Coun John Singleton with the signs encouraging drivers to stick to the 20mph speed limit in the village
Staining Coun John Singleton with the signs encouraging drivers to stick to the 20mph speed limit in the village
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Residents are fighting back in a bid to stop speeding drivers using a main road in their village as a rat-run.

Homeowners in Staining have been left angered by drivers speeding close to their properties – with some so annoyed they have now established a road watch team to catch motorists breaking the 20mph limit.

Staining Coun John Singleton said drivers are “flouting” speed limits and said he hoped to raise awareness of the issue.

He said: “As Staining is a popular short cut to Poulton, Blackpool and other areas on the Fylde coast, we are trying to deter motorists from speeding.

“We have a 20mph zone with road markings which clearly indicate 20mph, we have introduced road watch, where three residents have been trained in the use of speed guns, and the parish council has obtained two roadside speed indicators.

“But still motorists flout the 20mph signs.

“We have now placed banners at the entry roads to the village, put artwork on lamp standards and 20mph stickers for bins in a bid to raise awareness for motorists.”

The route through Staining is a popular shortcut for motorists.

Drivers coming from Marton and south Fylde drive on Mythop Road, on to Chain Lane and up towards Normoss through Staining Road.

Motorists use the road to avoid heavy traffic near Stanley Park and Blackpool Victoria Hospital during the morning and afternoon rush hour.

But Coun Singleton said he hoped drivers would see the signs and slow down to avoid any serious accidents.

He added: “I can only hope this will encourage people to think twice about their speed through the village. For safety’s sake I now ask motorists to be more considerate when using the roads in Staining.”

The 20mph speed limit in Lancashire – a short history

Lancashire County Council announced plans to cut speed limits in the county to 20mph in 2011.

The £9m plan aimed to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries in the county.

County Coun Tim Ashton, then responsible for transport, said the reduction would help to change attitudes.

“I hope within a generation we will change hearts and minds – we must make people aware it’s not right to speed in residential areas,” he said.

The roll-out was expected to be completed by the end of 2013, with Lancashire to become one of the first 20mph counties.

Paul Binks LCC road safety manager said: “I am encouraged by Staining’s approach and know Coun Singleton is doing all he can to help make the highways safe.”