Cut in speed limit provokes debate

New 40 mile an hour sign on the A6 near Lancaster University.
New 40 mile an hour sign on the A6 near Lancaster University.

A DECISION to cut the speed limit on the A6 south of Lancaster has been slammed by a city councillor who believes highways chiefs may need to make the road a dual carriageway.

The limit between Scotforth and the Lancaster University traffic lights has been reduced from 50mph to 40mph.

But Scotforth East councillor Billy Hill said he would have increased the limit to 60mph.

And Coun Hill believes the road may need to become a dual carriageway if housing is built on green fields north of the university off Bailrigg Lane.

Lancaster City Council is investigating whether either the owner of the 46 hectare site or a future housing developer would help fund a joint access road which would also serve the proposed science park next door.

The science park project, which could create 1,100 new jobs, is dependent upon attracting private sector investment.

“I think the reduction to 40mph will lead to contempt being bred for the limit,” said Coun Hill. “A bad law is not going to be enforced and if it is, motorists will just see it as a way of raising cash.

“There are no major roads coming on to the A6 along that stretch and there are not any houses so there is very little chance of children running out in front of cars.

“The slower people drive, the more carbon dioxide is emitted and the more damage there is to air quality. If you build more and more houses like the ones north of Bailrigg Lane and the speed limit is reduced, you will add to congestion.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (02-02-12) for full story.