Highway chiefs at Lancashire County Council have taken an innovative stance to reduce the number of accidents in their county that are caused by black spots. Accident black spots can crop up anywhere, which is why the council has teamed up with experts working at the University of Central Lancashire. They hope the information provided by the experts will help them identify the areas where the highest number of accidents occur.
The council has allocated £1 million to their plan, which will be spent making changes to the most hazardous areas in the county. Some of the changes will be completed to ensure cyclists are safer on the roads, as well as pedestrians and drivers.
Some of the measures to be put into action include anti-skid road surfaces, flashing lights to alert drivers to the presence of cyclists, changes to road markings where appropriate and improvements to traffic signals. Among the roads to be targeted in the plans are the A59 ringway, Blackpool Road in Ashton and the Cuerden roundabout. It is expected that the plans will take a couple of years to see through.
How hazardous are accident black spots?
These black spots come in all varieties but they all have one thing in common – they present a very real danger to road users and pedestrians. A black spot means there is a higher chance than normal for an accident to occur on that stretch of road. It could be at a junction, at traffic lights or on a roundabout, or even on an open stretch of road. Lancashire County Council is aiming to reduce the incidents in their area, and this will undoubtedly be welcomed by locals. In some cases even smaller changes could make a significant difference in reducing accidents.
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Source: Lancashire Evening Post
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown