Bolton-le-Sands speed limit becomes legal

The 30mph sign on the A6 heading north at Bolton le Sands.
The 30mph sign on the A6 heading north at Bolton le Sands.

Speed restrictions can now legally be enforced on a stretch of road in Bolton-le-Sands previously not covered by a traffic regulation order.

Earlier this year, the Lancaster Guardian reported that despite signs indicating a 30mph zone on the stretch of road between Town End traffic lights and the Bypass Road, the limits were not legally enforceable by Lancashire County Council.

This was due to traffic regulation orders not being put in place alongside the new limits, meaning only the existing 40mph limits could be enforced.

But the council has now got the legal paperwork together, and officers put the new orders in place in May.

Andy Ashcroft, highways manager for Lancaster, said: “There is a traffic regulation order covering this stretch so the speed limit can be enforced by the police.

“The government required all councils to review speed limits several years ago and the 30mph limit for this road was set following this review. Accident records, traffic speeds and the number of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, were taken into account when setting the speed limit.”