Call for action at accident hotspot after village smash

Church Brow in Halton
Church Brow in Halton

Residents in Halton are calling for immediate action at an accident hotspot following a head on smash just days after the road was re-opened.

Church Brow residents and business owners were awoken from their beds in the early hours of Sunday morning to the sound of a car smashing into a wall.

Lancashire Police, who were called to the scene just before 1am, said that the vehicle was being driven by a young driver, and was carrying four passengers.

Halton Road and Church Brow re-opened last week after M6 Link Road builders Costain installed a new bridge over the road.

Lynn Malkin, from the Red Door Cafe in Church Brow, said: “The road has only been open a few days and we all feared that this would happen.

“The young people involved were very lucky, with a broken wrist and head injury.The young man was conscious when I put blankets on him, so hopefully not seriously injured. It’s so tricky to get out of our car park and residents opposite have to drive onto the other side of the road, before they can see around the bends.

“Projected figures show that traffic is set to increase on this road.”

Residents say they are also concerned about their children walking to school during rush hour periods, where they say drivers “have little regard for maintaining the speed limits”.

Paul Woodruff, city coun for Halton, added: “Some form of traffic calming is needed to slow the traffic down.”

Sim-Lane Dixon, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Lancaster, said safety measures as part of the Heysham-M6 Link work will include a new 20mph speed limit in Church Brow.

He added: “Following discussions with the parish council and residents, engineers from our link road team are looking into the possibility of further measures along this section of road.

“We will wait for details from the police about the circumstances of this incident, before considering whether any further action would be appropriate.”